AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 10, 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, March 10 – Saturday, March 16
: 632
Daily Average: 90.3
2013 High Avg.:  90.3 (week of March 10)
Notes: The surge in stories mid-week was driven by wide coverage of the potential impact that a tax on medical device manufacturers, implemented to help fund the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare), would have on veterinary equipment, as well as pick-up of AVMA’s press release on the rise in pet ownership among singles.



Singles increasingly turn to pets for sense of family
Yahoo! News
“. … It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer. Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological and physical health benefits to their owners,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. …

March 14th HR2: Dr. Mark Lutschaunig on the John Cass and Lauren Cohn Show
WLS-AM (Ill.)
DAN ROCATTO – Econ Prof. Rutgers – joined the show to talk about subsidies for sugar in the US. Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, the director of the Governmental Relations Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, to talk about the Affordable Care Act’s effect on people’s vet bills.

Obamacare May Bite You At The Vet’s Office
CBS Miami
. … Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, AVMA : “Congress never intended this tax to impact veterinary medicine, and unfortunately it has. And I think that’s very unfortunate that veterinary medicine now is subsidizing human health care.”

Owning a pet is about to get more expensive thanks to Obamacare
KISS-FM (Texas)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association represents 82,000 vets. At this point, they don’t know how much this new tax will indirectly cost them. The organizations members are waiting to hear from more device makers. …

Proposed Legislation Would Make Pet Meds Tax Free
Santa Barbara Independent (Calif.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about half of all states currently exempt animal prescription drugs and medications from taxation. …

How much did your veterinarian make?
The American Veterinary Medical Association has published a couple of reports on the profession. The Report on Veterinary Compensation provides information, including professional earnings in private practice, and public and corporate employment; earnings by years of experience, region and gender; employee fringe benefits; and income per hour.

Love your pet? Take it to a vet
USA Weekend
Pet households that make no trip at all to a veterinarian in the course of a year jumped by 8% for dogs and a confounding 24% for cats compared with five years ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports.

Pet Obesity Rates Rise, Cats Heavier Than Ever
Yahoo! News
. … Based on 2012 survey results and 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association data 80 million U.S. dogs and cats are overweight or obese. …

Decline in birth rates breeds future worry, author says
Denver Post
. … Colorado has more than 1.1 million dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and not quite 350,000 children under 5 years old, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the U.S., there are 145 million dogs and cats, compared with 20.2 million kids under 5. …

Bladder infection in felines difficult to diagnose
Daily Herald (Ill.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these symptoms are the No. 1 reason that cats visit vets. Most vets treat urinary problems as bacterial infections and dose cats with antibiotics. However it can be something other than an infection. …






One thought on “AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 10, 2013

  1. This is a good start! Now, lets see some of these that need to be public information on the front pages or even within the pages of our local, regional, and national new papers. So far, the only one that I have seen printed is about Obamacare Tax on veterinrians.

    I will take my hat of on the AVMA’s attempt at PR, but I would have expected to see it int he paper for myself rather than to have to dig on the website and check every subject area that I care to follow. Oh well, maybe I just want to much from the organzation.