AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 2, 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, March 2 – Saturday, March 8
: 383
Daily Average: 54.7
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The spikes in coverage were caused by AVMA’s mention in press releases from St. George’s University on their veterinary school’s new dean and from the American Humane Association on their Hero Veterinarian and Vet Tech Awards.


Roy Exum: Our Ruse In Congress
The Chattanoogan (Tenn.)
. … Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director for the American Veterinary Medical Association, scoffed at Blackburn’s bill, saying, “In fact (it) will do nothing to protect gaited horses and stop the egregious practice of soring. This legislation is nothing more than an attempt to maintain the status quo in an industry riddled with abuse and will ensure that the broken system of seeing horses sored at an alarming rate does not have to answer for its crimes. …”

Tattoo artist draws outrage for inking his dog
Washington Times
Gothamist reported that that the tattooing of one’s pet is not illegal, though the American Veterinary Medical Association said unnecessary procedures should be avoided. “We can’t say a tattoo is going to do enormous damage to an animal, but we do look at whether a procedure is therapeutically necessary first—if it’s not, that’s not the vets goal,” said Emily Patterson-Kane, an animal welfare scientist at the organization. …

Bison quarantine study released amid slaughter debate
Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Mont.)
. … The study was published Saturday in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It’s authored by six veterinarians from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, who tested APHIS quarantine methods over seven years for their effectiveness in producing brucellosis-free bison. …

Pit Bull Owners Find That Good Dogs Face Bad Insurance Policies
Huffington Post
. … The most recent comprehensive examination of dog bite data was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association this past December. The researchers, who included the lead author of the CDC’s 2000 study, compiled much more extensive case histories than the CDC had previously. And this time, the researchers concluded that breed was not a significant contributing factor in fatal dog bites. …

Standing Colic Surgery? In Some Cases It’s Possible
The Horse
. … The study, “Use of a hand-assisted laparoscopic surgical technique for closure of an extensive mesojejunal rent in a horse,” was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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