AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 24, 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, February 24 – Saturday, March 2
: 222
Daily Average: 31.7
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
: Wednesday’s spike in stories was driven by distribution of AVMA’s press release on publication of the updated euthanasia guidelines.


Nebraska ranks 46th for pet ownership
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.)
“. … One of the most important parameters that we look at is how well pet owners are doing at keeping their pets healthy,” says Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. …

Washington ranks high for pet ownership
Issaquah Press (Wash.)
“. … This report reveals a tremendous amount of information about pets and their owners across the country; what’s constant and what has changed,” Dr. Douglas Aspros, American Veterinary Medical Association president, said in a statement. …

AUDIO: Dr. Jan Krehbiel on WILS-AM (Mich.)
WILS-AM (Mich.)
Dr. Jan Krehbiel, AVMA Executive Board chair, was interviewed by Mike Cohen of WILS-AM (Lansing, Mich.) about the current state of veterinary education, student debt and the job market for recent veterinary school graduates, as highlighted in this weekend’s New York Times article. The interview is approximately 10 minutes long.

AVMA updates euthanasia guidelines
Yahoo! News
“. … As we learn more about animals—their physiology and psychology—it’s important to update and sometimes change our approaches to euthanasia to ensure we continue to protect their welfare as best as possible,” explained Dr. Steven Leary, chair of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia. …

Save money on pet care costs
Denver Post
. … In one study reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Jan. 15, 2005), lab puppies from the same litter were given 75 percent of the food of their littermates. After 14 years, when all the dogs had died, those on a restricted diet had lived an average of 13 years, compared to 11.2 years for their more amply fed littermates. …

Have a hedgehog? Beware of pets spreading salmonella
USA Today
. … There were 66.5 million pet-owning households in the USA as of Dec. 31, 2011, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. About 12.6 million households owned exotic or specialty pets, such as guinea pigs, lizards and turtles. …

Flying With a Mini Schnauzer
USA Today
. … Mini schnauzers aren’t generally high-strung, so your dog will probably be calm without medication; furthermore, the American Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t recommend sedating a dog for a flight, but trust your vet’s opinion. …

The right pet can provide companionship to seniors
Des Moines Register (Iowa)
Windsor Manor in Indianola recognizes the benefit of pet ownership for seniors is well-documented; they’ve also seen it first-hand. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, research shows it can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiovascular disease and feelings of stress, lower cholesterol levels and improve socialization and overall health.

Central Jersey residents, organizations fighting stigma associated with pit bulls
Asbury Park Press (N.J.)
. … Just last year the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, published a report scrutinizing multiple controlled studies, all of which “have not identified this breed group (pit bulls) as disproportionately dangerous. …”

America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest
Is your veterinarian your hero? Would you like to see your veterinarian honored at the upcoming convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation?


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