AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 5, 2014

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, January 5 – Saturday, January 11
: 796
Daily Average: 113.7
2013 High Avg.: 145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: AVMA received a high level of placement in the media this week due to its mention in A.P. stories on caring for pets in cold weather and a new push to change how pregnant sows are housed.



Pet health crisis: Americans skimp on preventive care
USA Today
. … Veterinarian Ron DeHaven, CEO of the AVMA, says the 2008 economic downturn contributed to the crisis, but the decline in veterinary visits began years before that. …

FDA’s new policy on animal antibiotic use draws scrutiny from farmers, advocates and industry
Anniston Star (Ala.)
. … In a press release after the FDA’s announcement, American Veterinary Medical Association president Dr. Clark Fobian said the organization is pleased with the new FDA policy. …

US Senate Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
KRVN-AM (Neb.)
“. … Today’s action by the Senate proves that our nation’s leaders are listening to the veterinary profession and are diligently working to ensure that animals in all settings continue to receive the best quality care,” said Dr. Clark Fobian, president of the AVMA. …

Millions of animals need human help during freeze
Yahoo! News (A.P.)
“. … The smaller you are, the more body surface you have, and the quicker you will lose body heat,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Bring in animals as the weather turns frigid
Free Lance-Star (Va.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says that not even the breeds bred for more frigid climates should be left outdoors when temperatures go below freezing. …

Pork producers call for more humane treatment
USA Today
. … Tyson also said it would require by the end of the year farmers who manage company-owned sows to end the longstanding industry practice of blunt-force euthanasia in favor of alternative methods in line with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines. …

Animal Welfare Groups Call For End To ‘Docking’ Cows’ Tails
Wisconsin Public Radio
. … The American Veterinarian [Medical] Association says studies show that docking a cow’s tail seems to have little affect on the animal. The group also says there appear to be no benefits either. There are no statistics on how many cows in Wisconsin have had their tails removed. …

Pot as a pet remedy? Don’t hold your breath for research
Denver Post
. … As the subject of medical-marijuana treatment for pets is bandied about in the veterinary community, Dr. Robin Downing comes down squarely on the side of orthodoxy. She agrees with the American Veterinary Medical Association that studies are needed before pot therapy is practiced. …

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