AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 2, 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, June 2 – Saturday, June 8
: 93
Daily Average: 13.3
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Alpaca whisperer: Veterinarian makes policies, provides internships, cares for diverse animals
Abilene Reflector-Chronicle (Kan.)
. … [Michael] Whitehair is still available to the refuge as a back-up veterinarian, but, these days, he can most often be found at Abilene Animal Hospital, where he works as the large animal practitioner. He also visits area farms to treat animals on-site. Additionally, he serves as an executive board representative for American Veterinary Medical Association, an organization with more than 82,000 members. As an executive board member, Whitehair plays a role in policy-making for animal welfare, food safety and other veterinary issues. …

The Perfect Pet for You
Men’s Health
Live-in companionship isn’t what it used to be. Pet ownership by single people has increased by almost 17 percent since 2006, finds a new report by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

State-of-the-art hospital in Malvern will treat pets
Philadelphia Inquirer
. … In 2011, 63.2 percent of American pet owners told the American Veterinary Medical Association they considered their pets family members. That same year, the association said, pet owners spent, on average, $375 on veterinary costs for all pets in their households. …

Breaking barriers for escaping domestic violence
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that in 2011 62.9 percent of Maine homes had at least one pet. And animals are often the targets of real and implied harm, especially in a domestic violence situation. …

Blue-collar women face burden of proof
Idaho Statesman
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, women were barred from even enrolling in veterinary school 50 years ago because of their gender. Today, women represent 50 percent of veterinarians and 80 percent of those enrolled in veterinary schools. …

Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month: Finding homes for America’s favorite pet
. … Unfortunately, too many cat families don’t have that same connection with their furry buddies. Although cats outnumber dogs in our homes by 12 million according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they have become America’s disposable pet. The cat in the box to often is the cat dumped at a shelter. …

Limits in Ark. health education aid hurts students
Houston Chronicle
. … There are about 800 licensed veterinarians in the state, and the Arkansas Farm Bureau has said there’s a shortage of large-animal veterinarians necessary to meet the needs of Arkansas farmers. Despite high education costs, veterinarians each earn an average salary of about $70,000, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Pet Tales: Dog bites cost almost half a billion dollars
Hanford Sentinel (Calif.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has a training guide called “The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD.” It has been shown to teach children behaviors that can keep them safe. …

How to prevent summer pneumonia in nursing calves
The Eagle (Texas)
. … Eight authors published the extensive epidemiologic study of pneumonia of beef calves in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It involved statistical analysis of answers to two questionnaires by 443 beef producers in 24 states. …

Go raw or not — the debate rages on
Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio)
. … The AVMA insists pet owners’ claims that their pets are healthier on raw meat is anecdotal and unsubstantiated because no long-term studies have been done. …


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