December 01, 2008


 AVMA fellows find home in the Senate

Posted Nov. 15, 2008

The AVMA announced Oct. 20 that its two 2008-2009 Congressional Science Fellows have accepted positions in offices on Capitol Hill. The fellows are serving in capacities that coincide with their interests and enable them to provide expertise to Congress, all while serving the veterinary profession.

The fellows—Dr. Gail R. Hansen and Dr. Whitney Miller—are working in offices supporting the Senate. Dr. Hansen accepted a position in the office of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, where she is working on the national cancer registry, health care reform, and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Miller is working on the Senate Homeland Security Committee and focusing on biosecurity and emergency medical preparedness issues.

Dr. Hansen, who received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's in public health from the University of Washington, was previously the state epidemiologist for the Kansas Department of Health, focusing on infectious diseases. Dr. Hansen has an adjunct faculty position at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and works with the public health programs at KSU and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Miller received a DVM degree and an MBA from Colorado State University and has experience in food safety, foreign animal disease diagnosis and control, the drug approval process, and various aspects of creating, implementing, and interpreting policy.

AVMA fellows provide science-based knowledge and information to the public policy-making process. Additionally, the fellowship program offers veterinarians a wide variety of opportunities to learn how federal public policy is made and to influence outcomes.

Fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C., beginning at the end of August, and receive a stipend, plus other reimbursable expenses.

For more information about the AVMA Congressional Science and Executive Branch Fellowship and the requirements, or to apply, contact Dorothy Gray, associate director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, at (800) 321-1473, Ext. 3209, or at The application deadline for the 2009-2010 fellowship is Feb. 12, 2009.