AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 24, 2015

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, May 24 – Saturday, May 30
: 112
Daily Average: 16.0
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



Don’t worry, pet owners: Experts say H3N2 dog flu is no cause for panic
Los Angeles Times
. … The American Veterinary Medical Assn. reports that dogs that are sickened by canine flu fall into two categories: those with a mild form (causing coughing, lethargy and sometimes a nasal discharge) and those with a more severe version accompanied by high fevers and pneumonia. Some dogs can catch the flu and not have symptoms at all. …

Walmart takes stand on animal welfare 
Yahoo! News
. … Adopt and implement the Judicious Use Principles of Antimicrobial Use from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) including accurate record-keeping, veterinary oversight, and limiting antimicrobial treatment to animals that are ill or at risk. …

Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery
Post and Courier (Ind.)
The Associated Press
. … Dogs don’t have an ACL, but a similar cranial cruciate ligament, or CrCL. Lirtzman doesn’t believe the numbers of dogs getting knee ligament operations have changed much since figures were published five years ago in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The journal estimated just over a million CrCL surgeries were being done each year. …

Reduce dog bites by teaching kids basic rules early
The News-Journal (Del.)
The Associated Press
. … But the biggest victims are children and senior citizens, who can be overpowered by dogs. Of the 4.5 million people bitten every year, more than half are kids, said Dr. Jose Arce, an American Veterinary Medical Association board member. …

Veterinarians who serve rural areas may be eligible to receive loan repayment for college debt 
Augusta Free Press (Va.)
. … Loan repayment benefits up to $25,000 per year for three years are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received for attendance at an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent. …

How to Teach Your Dog Not to Bite 
. … Just about any dog can be taught not to bite; the breed doesn’t matter. In fact, your dog’s breed has little to do with his tendency to bite, according the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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