AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 2, 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, December 2 – Saturday, December 8
: 116
Daily Average: 16.6
High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes: Thursday’s spike in hits was due to pick up of our press release on the publication of the new Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.


When love isn’t enough: More pets are family, but millions don’t get regular health care
Yahoo! News
“. … If so many dogs and so many cats are seeing the veterinarian only when they are sick, chances are many are getting sick when they don’t need to be,” said AVMA President Dr. Doug Aspros. “The human-animal bond is stronger than ever, but we are very concerned that pets may not be getting the preventive health care they need. …”

‘Superbugs’ not related to farming, AVMA official says
Cattle Network
Christine Hoang, DVM, assistant director of Scientific Activities at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and an expert on antimicrobial resistance, shed light on the use of antibiotics in livestock during a recent U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) panel discussion.

Food animal veterinarians on the decline in the U.S.
The Associated Press
. … Nationwide, only 17 percent of vets work in food animal medicine, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In Minnesota, several rural areas have a shortage of veterinarians who work with livestock, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. …

Darlington County Humane Society asks for spay/neuter ordinance
Morning News (S.C.)
. … McDonald presented a model ordinance developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association she said offers a framework for a county ordinance. …

ARK rescuers find shelter, rehabilitation for abused animals
Cape Ann Beacon (Mass.)
. … However, the Massachusetts Senate this year has worked on a bill, S.2184, to establish laws that would list specific requirements for determining “dangerous dogs.” It also calls for animal control officers to use euthanasia guidelines deemed appropriate by the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines. …



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