AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of April 13, 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, April 13 – Saturday, April 19
: 178
Daily Average: 25.4
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The spike in stories on Monday was due to AVMA’s mention in a widely distributed sponsored story from Sergeant`s Pet Care Products on cat behavior problems.


Pit bull attacks prompt debate over breed’s safety
The Spokesman-Review (Wash.)
. … However, the American Veterinary Medical Association found that controlled studies do not identify the pit bull breed group as disproportionately dangerous. …

PAST Act would put end to soring’s pain
The Tennessean
. … The bill is endorsed by the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, all 50 state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and dozens of leading horse industry organizations. …

America’s Exotic Pet Obsession Is Out Of Control
Huffington Post
. … Currently, there’s a loose patchwork of federal, state and local laws that ban the ownership and selling of exotic pets, while other states lack any regulation at all. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all expressed opposition towards ownership of certain exotic animals, according to the ASPCA. …

Animals with Human Rights Make Researchers Run Scared
Scientific American
. … Vets see a flood of suits asking for sky-high emotional damages coming from aggrieved pet owners. That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has repeatedly filed “friend of the court” briefs in these cases, arguing against emotional damages. …

Expert care: The role a veterinary specialist plays
Daily Reflector (N.C.)
. … There currently are more than 22 specialty organizations recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), including those that offer specialties ranging from alternative medicine and anesthesia to sports medicine and rehabilitation. Veterinary specialists normally work with a range of animals, including birds, cattle, cats, dogs, exotic animals, horses, pigs, reptiles and amphibians, and zoo animals. …

Hundreds of Thousands of Dallas Pets Are Living in the City Illegally
Dallas Observer
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association’s pet-ownership calculator gives a slightly smaller but comparable figure of 583,000. That’s not counting the hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats the city estimates are prowling around. …

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