AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 6, 2013

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, January 6 – Saturday, January 12
: 323
Daily Average: 46.1
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes: The large spike in stories on Thursday was due to pick up of an AVMA press release on the AVMA’s 150th anniversary.


American Veterinary Medical Association CEO’s Resolutions for Pet Owners
American Veterinary Medical Association CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven offers five resolutions for pet owners in 2013.

Plum Island Lab: ‘Still Here’ And Relevant
Newsday (N.Y.)
“. … The new vaccine that has been developed is a good example of the really cutting-edge research that is being done at Plum Island,” says Ron DeHaven, chief executive of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

U.S. veterinary profession turns 150
Hawaii News Now
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) turns 150 in 2013, and the AVMA will be using this significant anniversary as an opportunity to educate the public about the important role veterinary medicine plays in society with a traveling Smithsonian exhibit and coffee table book.

FDA issues warning to pet owners regarding medication mishaps
Toledo News Now (Ohio)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says that one thing  pet owners can do to minimize the chances of these types of things happening is to make sure the pharmacist speaks to your vet if there are any questions. …

State senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act
Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)
. … Whitfield said in a statement Friday that his bill “eliminates the self-policing system currently employed, allowing for a more uniform enforcement. … It is far from ‘extreme,’ which is why it carries the support of the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and numerous others. …”

The ferret: Pet or pest?
Christian Science Monitor
. … Keeping a ferret as a pet takes more time, care and money than owning a dog or cat. The American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, Ill., which recently posted a YouTube video on pet ferrets, noted that they need to be caged most of the time, require hours of exercise and emit a musky odor that many people find unpleasant. …

Colorado State’s Animal Cancer Center ‘the Mayo Clinic of pet medicine
Denver Post
. … Globally, the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association are co-sponsors of the One Health Initiative, which promotes collaboration between human and animal treatment and research. …

With Florida python hunt about to begin, humane killing urged
Palm Beach Post (Fla.)
. … Decapitation is “not the recommended method of euthanizing pythons” but is “an acceptable method of euthanizing large snakes by the American Veterinary Medical Association,” according to the website. …

Wanted: Large-animal veterinarians willing to work in rural areas
. … Just 17 percent of the 61,000 or so veterinarians employed in the U.S. work in food-animal veterinary medicine, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). (By comparison, more than 70 percent work with our nation’s pets and companion animals. …)

West Coast Raccoons Experiencing Outbreak Of Brain Cancer After Discovery Of New Virus
Huffington Post
. … A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2007 determined that nearly 40 percent of all rabies cases occur in raccoons. Comparatively, dogs account for only 1.1 percent. …



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