AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 19, 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 19 – Saturday, August 25
Hits
: 304
Daily Average: 43.4
High Avg: 
47.7 (Week of June 10)
Low Avg: 
12.1 (Week of July 29)
Notes
: The spike in hits midweek was driven by heavy pickup of our releases on cow abuse at a California slaughterhouse and concerns about soring at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Highlights:

AVMA Releases Pet Census Results
Chicago Now
Pet ownership is on the decline. On Aug. 3, during the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention here, Dr. Karen Felsted revealed new data from the soon-to-be-released 2012 AVMA Pet Demographic Sourcebook (based on data collected in 2011).

Pet pampering predicted to increase to a record $53 billion
San Diego Daily Transcript
. … A new report from the American Veterinary Medical Association, released at the group’s annual meeting earlier this month in San Diego, found that there has been a slight decline in household pet ownership over the past five years, down 2.4 percent from 2006 to 2011. …

MSU vet professor awarded for service to animals
The Clarion-Ledger (Miss.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association apparently agreed. It recently presented [Dr. Phil] Bushby with the 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Award at the national convention in San Diego. …

Business applause
The Coloradoan
Dr. Cleon V. Kimberling, an alumnus of Colorado State University, was recently awarded with the 2012 XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention.

AVMA calls dairy cow abuse shown in new video “inhumane and unacceptable”
Seattle Times
The AVMA strongly condemns recently released video showing the inhumane treatment of cows at a California slaughterhouse and is calling for stricter adherence to humane animal handling guidelines and standards.

AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Barron’s
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) urge veterinarians, owners, trainers, riders, event spectators, media and the public to redouble their efforts to identify and report sored horses at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

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. …:

My Pet World: Sneezing dog may have canine flu
St. Paul Pioneer Press
These questions were answered by experts attending the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association Aug. 3-7 at the San Diego, Calif., Convention Center.

Colic Prevalence in Horses Hospitalized for Ocular Disease
The Horse
. … The study, “Risk factors for colic in equids hospitalized for ocular disease,” appeared in June in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

 

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