Massachusetts veterinarian to make her mark as congressional fellow

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A 2017 graduate of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is preparing to make her voice heard as the AVMA's next congressional fellow in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mariah Lancaster

Dr. Mariah Lancaster has been selected to participate in the 2023-2024 AVMA Fellowship Program, serving as a full-time scientific advisor to a congressional office or committee. Using her veterinary expertise, she'll work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to shape and influence legislation on a variety of policy issues.

Dr. Lancaster has worked as an emergency and general practice relief veterinarian, and also interned with the Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island and the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Florida.

She brings a wide array of public policy experience to her fellowship. She is a current fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-chair of that association's One Health Affinity Group. She also has served on the Association of Avian Veterinarians’ Legislative Committee and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association's Government Relations and Advocacy Committee.

Veterinary voices are critical wherever public policy decisions are being made that affect animal welfare and veterinary medicine. Find more information about the AVMA’s congressional fellowship program at


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