AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 6, 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, September 6 – Saturday, September 12
: 141
Daily Average: 20.1
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The spike in stories on Wednesday was due to wide pick up of AVMA’s press release supporting the U.S. surgeon general’s call to action on walking and walkable communities.



AVMA supports U.S. surgeon general’s call to action on walking and walkable communities
Yahoo! News
“. … We couldn’t be happier that Surgeon General Murthy has recognized in this initiative the benefits of pet ownership and how regularly walking the family dog is great for both the pet and the pet owner,” said AVMA President Dr. Joe Kinnarney. …

Surgeon general: Walk to fight chronic diseases
. … AVMA President Joe Kinnarney said he was happy the surgeon general recognized the benefits of pet ownership and regularly walking the family dog. …

Vancouver veterinarian a leader among his peers
The Columbian (Mo.)
. … In July, [Thomas] Meyer was voted president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which has more than 86,000 member veterinarians around the world. He’ll serve as president-elect for a year before being the association president in 2016. Then, he’ll serve one more year as the organization’s past president. …

Contest ends but debate over cat declawing rages on
The Ledger (N.J.)
. … She pointed to an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that says her “The Paw Project” documentary caused a Chicago veterinarian to be cyberbullied. The article paired it with the case of a veterinarian who committed suicide following cyberbullying by another organization. …

Denver pet owners hope city will replace Josephine Garden dog park
Denver Post
. … While there is no exact count, it is estimated there are 149,114 dogs owned by people in Denver, up from 129,803 in 2010. The figures are from the Denver Animal Shelter and based on a census formula from the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Why Cats Rule the Internet Instead of Dogs
. … Here in the West, cats are a mainstay — an extremely popular pet, right beside dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and dogs are by far the most popular US pets, making up 30% and 36% of all pets. …

The benefits of spaying and neutering your pet
Herald News (Ill.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “the capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard. …”

Paw Prints: Military service dogs help keep our soldiers safe
Tribune Star (Ind.)
. … Former President Clinton signed a bill that allowed former military dog handlers or other law enforcement agency dog handlers to adopt the retired dogs. The United States Humane Society, the ASPCA, the Doris Day Animal League, and the American Veterinary Medical Association also backed the legislation. …

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