AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 29, 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, November 29 – Saturday, December 5
: 98
Daily Average: 14.0
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



Study: Excessive veterinary student debt concentrated at certain schools
United Press International
“. … Why do schools with the lowest resident tuition have the highest debt ratios? I don’t know. We want to make sure those numbers are right. Is [their borrowing] just for veterinary education or things not related to veterinary education, like pets or travel costs?” Michael Dicks, director of the AVMA Veterinary Economics Division, said. …

Michigan may dump cities’ bans on pit bulls
Detroit News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association this year, though, published a position paper concluding pit bulls are not “disproportionately dangerous.” It argued “there is no evidence that breed-specific bans reduce the rate or severity of bite injuries” and attributed the number of pit bull attacks to their popularity. …

Pit Bull Who Stood By Injured Owner During Fire Is Getting Kicked Out Of Town
Huffington Post
. … Pit bull bans — otherwise known as breed specific legislation, or BSL — have been denounced by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Bar Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and even the White House. …

Local infant’s death prompts caution about pets, kids
Utica Observer-Dispatch (N.Y.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association out of a yearly average of 4.5 million people bitten by dogs nationwide, 359,223 children up to 14-years-old were bitten by dogs between 2010 and 2012. Among children 4 years old and younger, 66 percent suffered injuries to the head and neck. …

A menagerie, edited in labs
Bend Bulletin (Ore.)
New York Times News Service
. … But unlike a vast majority of their dairy brethren, these calves, both bulls, will never sprout horns. That means they will not need to undergo dehorning, routinely performed by farmers to prevent injuries and a procedure that the American Veterinary Medical Association says is “considered to be quite painful. …”

After veterinary case rejected, questions remain
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)
. … According to the law’s supporters, it was designed to protect patients and modeled after the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recommendations. …

Friendly Pet Dogs Improve A Child’s Health, CDC Suggests
The Inquisitr
. … It’s reported that children aged 7 to 8-years-old actually consider pets as better confidants, and providers of comfort and self-esteem, than humans. According to U.S. pet ownership statistics offered by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), close to 36 percent of U.S. households own a dog, and nearly 30 percent own a cat. …

If you’re cold, so is your pet
High Plains Daily Leader (Kan.)
. … For pet parents who feel their furry friend might not be in the best of health, both vets said it is best to get the pet in for an exam. Herbel also advised people can also look up some possible answers on the website for the American Veterinary Medical Association at avma.org. …

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