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 AVMA fellows receive placements in congressional offices

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that the veterinarians selected for the 2017-2018 AVMA Fellowship Program have secured year-long placements as full-time staff in congressional offices. These fellows will use their veterinary expertise to provide science-based counsel to their offices. Placements include:

  • Dr. Radhika Gharpure will serve in the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Her areas of responsibility will include public health and healthcare.
  • Dr. Matt Holland will serve in the office of Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.). His areas of responsibility will include food safety and waste, agriculture research, animal welfare and immigration.
  • Dr. Mark Logan will serve in the office of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.). His areas of responsibility will include wildlife conservation, agriculture, small business issues and nutrition.

The 2017-2018 fellows were selected out of 19 applicants for the program which included a three-phased, competitive selection process. AVMA’s Fellowship Selection Committee was chaired by AVMA Immediate Past President Dr. Joe Kinnarney and included former AVMA congressional fellow Dr. Chase Crawford and AVMA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Adrian Hochstadt. 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 where they are needed, and the AVMA provides funding for the program. To date, more than 65 veterinarians have participated in the AVMA Fellowship Program.

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