AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 15, 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, September 15 – Saturday, September 21
: 76
Daily Average: 10.9
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


State veterinarian provides update on Ohio dog deaths and links to circovirus
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“. … We’re still trying to piece this together to figure out what could possibly be involved,” Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture said in an online interview with the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

New dog virus causing concern
Findlay Courier (Ohio)
The American Veterinary Medical Association is cautioning Ohio dog owners to be mindful of their pet’s interaction with other dogs, as it investigates what could be a new, deadly canine virus emerging in the state.

Consumer Watch: How to pick a good veterinarian
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)
. … According to the immediate past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Douglas Aspros, “If the place looks neat, the people seem warm, and clients have a genuine rapport with the staff, you(re)…making a smart choice. …”

Managing feral cats in Minneapolis: Facts and values
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
. … TNR programs attempt to restrict the growth of feral cat colonies, while euthanasia programs seek to directly reduce the population. Models published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association suggest that in order to reduce the size of feral cat colonies, more than 75 percent of free-roaming cats in a population would have to be neutered annually, while 50 percent euthanasia would achieve the same outcome. …

Feral cats on the firing line, again
Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio)
. … For the record, the CDC does not currently have an official position on trap-neuter-vaccinate-release. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) neither endorses nor opposes properly managed cat colony programs. …

No. 1 in Wine and Porn! The Idiocy of State Rankings
The Atlantic
Residents of a certain famously picturesque New England state recently got some heartwarming news about themselves. “Vermonters Love Pets,” USA Today proclaimed earlier this year, above a write-up of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s ranking of pet-ownership rates by state.

Alert on virus found in Ohio dogs
Marietta Times (Ohio)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the virus first was detected in June 2012 during a genetic screening for new viruses in canine samples. This past April, the virus was found in a California dog at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. …

Dog bites: Damages & liability
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are 4.5 million dog bites in the U.S. each year. Steve Dioneda, a personal injury lawyer with Kullmann, Klein and Dioneda, spoke with Christine Buck about the risks and liabilities of dog bites for owners.

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