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Speakers will include: - UHC Chair, Kristin Leshney, on the new mission and vision of the Coalition, - AHC President, Julie Broadway, and the newly named UHC Director, Ashley Harkins, on the new strategic plan and operational initiatives, and - EWDC Program manager, Emily Stearns, on the UHC’s Equine Welfare Data Collective initiative. The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend! The webinar lasts approximately one hour, and will allow for Q&A at the end of each speaker’s presentation. To register for the webinar, please contact Dennis Martinez at DMartinez@horsecouncil.org no later than February 7, 2019. About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. 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Students will be eligible to apply to one internship per year in the AHC Internship Program. “We feel that offering an internship is a great way for students to understand exactly what it is the AHC does here in DC, and educate the next generation to advocate on behalf of the industry be it at the local, state or national level.” said AHC President Julie Broadway. The three types of internships available are: 1 or 2 week shadowing program to gain a broader understanding of the AHC with a focus on expanding knowledge of equine industry and policymaking. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $250 available to offset expenses. Open to high school and college students.
- 1 or 2 month internship- includes overview of AHC, student would conduct a research project and write a white paper on a specific topic of interest for academic credit, or learn about a focus area and provide support for initiatives related to that subject matter. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students.
- Semester internship- includes overview of AHC, research project and white paper for academic credit and attendance at annual AHC meeting. Transportation and housing not included; Stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students.
- Become familiar with the communications and educational mission of the EDCC;
- Learn the communication standards of the EDCC;
- Utilize the EDCC database to create disease reports;
- Develop skills in writing and posting disease alerts for the EDCC website and social media;
- Create and/or review disease or biosecurity factsheets for the EDCC;
- Investigate needs and preferences for horse owner communications
- Create articles for publication in horse owner and veterinary literature;
- Learn about the role of State and Federal Animal Health Officials in investigating and mitigating equine diseases;
- Become familiar with the National Equine Health Plan;
- Become aware of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ goals and activities.
- National Park Closures – With the temporary suspension of federal government operations, the Department of Interior could shut down the National Park Service (NPS). During a partial shutdown in 2013, the NPS marked as closed, or gated, all roads accessing national parks. The NPS also closed all visitor and information centers. Similar measures during a possible winter 2018 shutdown would hinder hikers and horseback riders from gaining access to nearly 60,000 miles of trails under NPS jurisdiction.
- National Forest Service, Possible Flexibility – According to a 2017 “shut down” contingency plan from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), any activity already certified by a permit could move forward in the event of a shutdown, so long as NFS personnel aren’t necessary to guarantee the safety of the participants, per the terms of the permit. However, NFS has the discretion to apply these contingencies on a “case-by-case” basis. AHC recommends that members research the status of specific NFS and NPS trail closures before loading their trailers.
- Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) – According to a USDA memorandum, the White House has identified at least some APHIS functions as exempt from a shutdown, based on their role in protecting public health. This includes APHIS’ Safety and Security Unit (SSU), which oversees health, safety, and security issues.
- Critical Services – As a general rule, federal employees involved in “critical services” will not be subject to a furlough. This group includes air traffic controllers, military personnel, and hazardous waste handlers, among others. Other exempted services include USDA’s inspection and quarantine of animals prior to import or export.
- U.S. Mail – Finally, U.S. postal workers are not exempt from a federal funding furlough and will continue to deliver the mail in the event of a Shutdown.