AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 12, 2012

To provide a look at where and how often the AVMA has been mentioned in the media in the past week, the AVMA Media Relations Division has developed this weekly AVMA@Work blog series, “AVMA in the News,” showing the number of times AVMA appeared in the media, as well as a sampling of those hits.

We hope you find these reports informative. As always, we appreciate any questions or feedback you might have on our media relations efforts.

Sunday, August 12 – Saturday, August 18
Hits
: 109
Daily Average: 15.6
High Avg:  47.7 (Week of June 10)
Low Avg:  12.1 (Week of July 29)

Highlights:

First decline in pet ownership since 1991
San Antonio Express-News (Texas)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), who surveyed 50,000 households, Americans had 2 million fewer dogs and 7.6 million fewer cats at the end of last year than they did six years ago. About 56% of all U.S. households owned a pet in 2011, down 2.4% from 2006. …

Economy leading to fewer pets
WTHI-TV (Ind.)
. … A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association said people owned 2 million fewer dogs and 7.6 million fewer cats than they did five years ago. …

Even in This Uncertain Economy, Pets Are Worth the Cost
Time
. … According to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the number of dogs kept as pets in the U.S. has fallen by 2 million since 2006, the last time the survey was done; the number of pet cats has fallen even more sharply, by 7.6 million. …

Can I feed my puppy raw meat?
Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.)
. … Just over a week ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) adopted a policy advising against feeding raw diets to dogs and cats. …

FDA seeks to limit antibiotics in animal feed
WBOY-TV (W.V.)
. … Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said in the news release: “USDA worked with the FDA to ensure that the voices of livestock producers across the country were taken into account, and we will continue to collaborate with the FDA, the American Veterinary Medical Association and livestock groups to ensure that the appropriate services are available to help make this transition. …”

Pit bulls are still outlaws in Miami-Dade County
Bradenton Herald (Fla.)
. … Eradicating breed-specific legislation has the support of most national groups including the Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association, The American Kennel Club, The United Kennel Club and the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Easing the pain of goodbye for pet owners in Loveland
Loveland Reporter-Herald (Colo.)
. … As head writer of the book, Cooney provides a practical guide for veterinarians, veterinary students and technicians on how to perform and provide competent, compassionate and pain-free euthanasia services that meet the American Veterinary Medical Association’s euthanasia guide. …

Veterinarian wins AVMA award
Ventura County Star (Calif.)
James F. Peddie, a longtime veterinarian and retired faculty member at Moorpark College, has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 AVMA Award.

Business awards for August 14, 2012
Des Moines Register (Iowa)
Dr. Russell Currier of Clive has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 Public Service Award at the organization’s annual convention in San Diego, Calif.

One thought on “AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 12, 2012

  1. How or whom do I report egrecious Dairy Cattle abuse observed when cattle present for ante mortem inspection and the worst cases always come from the same dairy and dairyman. It is sickening to me to see the condition of these dairy cows when they arrive at the plant for slaughter. Can someone please tell how to proceed. I could very well lose my job over this, but I simply cannot stand this any longer. Please advise.