AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 6, 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, October 6 – Saturday, October 12
: 672
Daily Average: 96.0
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: The spike in stories beginning on Monday was due to wide pick up of a Partners for Healthy Pets press release on the importance of annual checkups, and AVMA’s press release on Adopt-A-Dog Month.


Why Some Veterinarians Have a Bone To Pick With Obamacare
Washington Post
“. … We are not getting any more patients from the Affordable Care Act, and we should not be pulled into this,” said [Dr. Doug] Aspros, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association which represents more than 84,000 vets. The association has joined device makers and business groups lobbying for a repeal of the tax. …

AVMA: Shutdown risks well-being of animals and people
Brownfield Ag News
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says the government shutdown could endanger animal welfare and public health and has called on Congress “to reopen the US government.” AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven says the health and well-being of millions of animal is at risk.

Vilsack Puts Limited Number of APHIS Employees Back to Work
KNEB-AM Rural Radio
. … AVMA CEO Ron DeHaven praised Vilsack for reopening the center so veterinarians can access vaccines. He also called on Congress to pass a continuing resolution to reopen the entire government. …

Why do veterinarians care about repealing the medical device tax?
. … Under existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, devices exclusively labeled for veterinary medicine are excluded from several pre-market and post-market provisions, according to Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of AVMA’s governmental relations division. …

AVMA offers tips on how to pick a pooch during Adopt-A-Dog Month
“. … Adopting a dog is a fun and heartwarming experience that can transform your life for the better, but it’s also a very serious decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly,” says Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. …

America’s Pet Health Experts Urge Pet Owners To Schedule Veterinary Checkups At Least Once Per Year To Fight Preventable Diseases
Austin American Statesman
. … According to [Dr. Ron] DeHaven, Partners for Healthy Pets is a collaboration of industry leaders with a shared interest in the health of our nation’s pets. Formed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and more than 100 other pet health organizations. …

Pet Talk: National survey indicates supply of veterinarians exceeds demand
The Oregonian
. … For one thing, demand for veterinary preventive care sunk along with the economy, says Dr. Michael Dicks, AVMA economics division director. …

Deadly dog virus scare is overblown, experts say
Journal Gazette (Ind.)
“. … Don’t give in to the media-driven rumors,” the website for the American Veterinary Medical Association said. …

Researchers: 2 cases of new dog virus in Michigan
Grand Haven Tribune (Mich.)
. … Canine circovirus was first reported in 2012. Infections have been reported in California. The American Veterinary Medical Association says the virus initially was suspected of killing several dogs in Ohio in August and September, but is no longer being considered as the primary cause of their deaths. …

City council ponders potential pit bull ordinance
La Grande Observer (Ore.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association and American Bar Association both oppose breed-specific rules, Haines said. …

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