The AVMA announced Oct. 12 that the veterinarians selected for the 2017-18 AVMA Fellowship Program have secured yearlong placements as full-time staff in congressional offices. These fellows will use their veterinary expertise to provide science-based counsel to these offices:
- Dr. Radhika Gharpure will serve in the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Dr. Gharpure's areas of responsibility will include public health and health care.
- Dr. Matt Holland will serve in the office of Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. Dr. Holland's areas of responsibility will include food safety and waste, agricultural research, animal welfare, and immigration.
- Dr. Mark Logan will serve in the office of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. Dr. Logan's areas of responsibility will include wildlife conservation, agriculture, small business, and nutrition.
The fellows are not AVMA employees or lobbyists. The fellowship program is sponsored through the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which works to place qualified scientific experts in congressional offices, and the AVMA provides funding for the program. To date, more than 65 veterinarians have participated in the AVMA Fellowship Program.
Related JAVMA content:
AVMA names new class of congressional fellows (July 15, 2017)