AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 11, 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, August 11 – Saturday, August 17
: 189
Daily Average: 27.0
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: Tuesday’s spike in hits was due to pick up of AVMA’s press release on the new AVMA Animal Hospital game, while the rise on Saturday came from coverage of a USA Today/A.P. story on the rabies risks of feral cat colonies, which cited AVMA statistics.


New Game Lets Everyone Become A Virtual Veterinarian
“. … We wanted to make a fun game that players would come back to again and again, but more importantly, we wanted there to be a strong educational component to it as well,” said AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven. …

A biting problem
San Antonio Express-News
. … Emily Patterson-Kane, a social welfare scientist with the American Veterinary Medical Association, proposed another reason, and approach. …

Pot For Dogs: Is Medical Marijuana Safe For Your Furry Pals?
Huffington Post
“. … Nikita was wasting away, and she’d stopped eating,” he says in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Study suggests alternative way to control feral cat population
Los Angeles Times
. … In the United States, the population of wild-born cats exceeds that of cats living with humans, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, which published the study in its monthly journal. …

Feral cat colonies could pose rabies risk, CDC says
USA Today
. … The issue is part of a debate over how to deal with unwanted cats and their offspring. There are 74 million owned cats in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Estimates on the number of feral cats vary from 60 million to 150 million. …

‘America’s Favorite Veterinarian’ achieved his dream against the odds
Chicago Tribune
Dr. Carlos Campos, of Spring Hill, FL, was named America’s Favorite Veterinarian on July 21 during the 150th Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, held in Chicago.

“Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” visits Newark Aug. 19-21
The Record (N.J.)
. … Presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “Animal Connections” is made possible through the support of Zoetis, an animal vaccine manufacturer. …

Retired veterinarian honored
Venice Gondolier Sun (Fla.)
James Brandt, D.V.M., received the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association award during the AVMA’s convention in Chicago July 19-23.

Two dogs undergo stem cell procedure in Dover-Foxcroft to overcome joint disease
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association website states that it supports research into stem cell therapy for pets, but noted that not enough testing has been done to prove it is effective. …

Viral illnesses in pets more prevalent in summer
York Dispatch (Pa.)
. … The virus attacks the dog’s intestinal tract, white blood cells and heart. Canine parvovirus is highly contagious, can live in the environment for over a year. It is fatal in more than half of cases according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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