AVMA fellows settle in on Capitol Hill

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The three AVMA Congressional Science Fellows have begun their work in the nation's capital, the AVMA Governmental Relations Division announced this October.

Dr. Matthew Doyle joined the staff of Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut; Dr. Reid Harvey accepted a position with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; and Dr. Richard Smilie is spending his fellowship year in the office of Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon (see JAVMA, Nov. 1, 2011, for more about the fellows).

The AVMA fellows are assisting and advising the members of Congress and their staffs on issues ranging from food safety and agriculture to emergency preparedness and response and the 2012 farm bill.

Dr. Doyle is a 2008 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was employed as a small animal practitioner prior to the AVMA fellowship.

Dr. Harvey is a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., he was a small animal intern at a 24-hour emergency and referral hospital.

Dr. Smilie is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and owns a mixed animal practice in rural Oregon.

For more information about the AVMA Congressional Science Fellowship and the requirements, or to apply for a 2012-2013 fellowship, contact Dotty Gray, associate director in the AVMA Governmental Relations Division at (800) 321-1473, Ext. 3209. The application deadline for the 2012-2013 fellowships is Feb. 12, 2012.