(February 23, 2011) - First-year veterinary students Tammy Oseid and Julie Peterson, second-year student Diana Schwartz, and third-year student Lindsey Hornickel traveled to Washington, D.C., Feb. 6-8 to learn about the federal political process and grassroots advocacy as part of the Veterinary Student Legislative Fly-in hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Governmental Relations Division. They visited U.S. Senate and U.S. House offices – including the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. — to lobby for improvements to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and for the new Veterinary Services Investment Act.
"This experience taught me a lot about the AVMA's grassroots advocacy," says Julie Peterson, D.V.M. candidate, class of 2014. "I felt like I was helping to improve the profession by lobbying to my elected officials."
Julie Peterson (class of 2014), Lindsey Hornickel (class of 2012), Diana Schwartz (class of 2013), and Tammy Oseid (class of 2014) stop for a photo outside the AVMA Governmental Relations Division Office in Washington, D.C.