AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 21, 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, July 21 – Saturday, July 27
: 410
Daily Average: 58.57
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Traveling exhibit celebrates our pets and the dedicated veterinarians who care for them
Chicago Tribune
“. … I think people are sometimes surprised about the technology and the medicine comparable to human medicine which we veterinarians can now offer for our pets,” says Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO. …

AUDIO: Steve talks with the CEO of the AVMA, Dr. Ron DeHaven
WGN-AM (Ill.)
WGN Radio’s Steve Dale, broadcasting live from the AVMA Convention in Chicago, talks with AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven about the convention and the new “Animal Connections” traveling exhibit.

The snake who ate a stone and other reasons to take the kids to the park
Chicago Reader
“. … Animal Connections” celebrates the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association and features some cool interactive exhibits that let aspiring vets play diagnostician. …

TV goes to the dogs with first channel for canines
Yahoo! News (Reuters)
. … While not taking any official position, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) said any relaxation and stimulation for pets is good. But it doubted that all dogs will take to it. “It could work for some dogs and it might not interest others,” a spokesman for the AVMA said. …

Homemade dog food recipes can be risky business, study finds
. … Findings from the study appear in the June issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Traveling With Pets Tips: A How-To Guide On Vacations With Your Cat Or Dog
Huffington Post
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association advises pet owners to stop every two to three hours for your pet to use the bathroom and get some exercise. …

Canine cancer: A leading cause of death for dogs and a message of hope
Washington Times
. … With 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. according to the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership Demographics Sourcebook as published in AVMA, it is easy to understand that six out of ten pet owners in general consider their pets to be family members. …

A growing need for pet insurance
Employee Benefit News
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s vital statistics report, at year end 2011, 44.9% of cat owners and 18.7% of dog owners did not take their pets to a vet. Over one-fifth (21.5%) of cat owners and 29.3% of dog owners who did not visit a veterinarian said they could not afford it. …



3 thoughts on “AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 21, 2013

    • Until the AVMA unleashes it hold by the billion dollar pet food industry and the love for big pharma and their killer drugs, the vets will continue to over vaccinate, not for anything but profits, and we will continue to stay away from local vet offices because we are smart enough to know what the vaccines do to our best friends.

      There is so much we could do for our dogs and cats if we (pet owners) had some relationship with the AVMA, but they continue to stay in bed with the industries who make our animals sick and then they ask us to come into local vet offices to make them well, which further destroys their health! It happens all over the country, every day.

      It is a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

  1. Dear AVMA,

    It has been brought to my attention that we need your help. We seek it, we demand it, and we request that the AVMA take action legislatively to either adapt a Federal law with updated vaccine protocols or that you make it a priority to support legal changes in ALL state laws regarding vaccine protocols for our pets.

    Yes. it is true that pet owners stay away from vet offices. I’ve known for 2 years or more that it is true because I am an enthusiastic raw meat and bones feeder, and I’m educated enough to know that the combination of vaccines and kibble are destroying our dogs’ immune systems and causing more problems that require intervention! This well documented article speaks for me and for millions of pet owners who know about the lethal combination (vaccines and kibble) that creates health problems for and takes the lives of our best friends before their time should be up.

    Last summer you had the gall to allow Purina and Delta Society to place that raw food question before the HOD. Did you not learn anything about relations with the pet owners? We are informed, and we expect the AVMA to help us take care of our pets! Is it possible for you to understand that we know what’s going on? If yes, I’d like to be contacted privately to offer some good solutions to what you can do to help local vets create NEW revenue streams by working in harmony with pet owners. We know that the figure in this article stating the average annual income from vaccines is 14% of a local vet’s income. Can anyone tell us what the annual sale of the dog food and antibiotic sales are?

    Someone needs to figure this out and find the way to change it. It’s a vicious cycle: we get your services, they cause damage either immediately or further on down the line, and then you make more money off of providing more products (Science Diet) and others that are supposed to support health! NOT! They cause more problems!

    We can continue our adversary relationship with local vets, or you can take the lead and shake things up! Believe it or not, the pet owners of America have a lot to teach you if you allow the channels of communication to be opened up!

    Read this and tell me why you haven’t done anything about it:


    Here is the important quote that indicates whether veterinary clinics will continue to loose money in the future if you don’t act:

    “Profits are what vaccine critics believe is at the root of the profession’s resistance to update its protocols. Without the lure of vaccines, clients might be less inclined to make yearly veterinary visits. Vaccines add up to 14 percent of the average practice’s income, AAHA reports, and veterinarians stand to lose big. I suspect some are ignoring my work,” says Schultz, who claims some distemper vaccines last as long as 15 years. “Tying vaccinations into the annual visit became prominent in the 1980s and a way of practicing in the 1990s. Now veterinarians don’t want to give it up.”

    The report of the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task force in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003) includes the following information for vets:

    The report of the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003)3 includes the following information for vets:

    ‘Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination’; ‘Immunological memory provides durations of immunity for core infectious diseases that far exceed the traditional recommendations for annual vaccination.’

    ‘This is supported by a growing body of veterinary information as well-developed epidemiological vigilance in human medicine that indicates immunity induced by vaccination is extremely long lasting and, in most cases, lifelong.’

    Shame AVMA! You’ve had this information since 2003 and continue to do nothing dramatic to help the animals you service and claim to love? Ha!

    We are working every day and spending money on non-traditional pet care. We’re even learning how to take care of our own animals so that we don’t need you but RARELY! Why do you think it’s becoming more and more difficult for local vets to succeed? Look inside your organization and you’ll see why. We do and we’re “just pet owners” who are smart enough to know what many of your services do to our beloved pets!

    Naughty, naughty AVMA. We would love to help you learn what we’ve learned while trying to run away and stay away from our local vet offices! Why? Danger lurks to our pets and our bank accounts!

    Written with hope that we can work together for CHANGE! I know that is a much used word that means very little. Get a few enthusiastic pet owners on a board and see how we can rally the others!

    Just thinking…