AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 20, 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, December 20 – Saturday, December 26
Hits
: 76
Daily Average: 10.9
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)

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Highlights: 

Santa’s Reindeer Cleared for Christmas Flight, Says Vet Association
Associations Now
. … Dr. Joe Kinnarney, the official North Pole veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited Santa’s reindeer last week and cleared them for their Christmas Eve flight. …

Reindeer pre-flight health check: Good
Herald Business Journal (Wash.)
“. … After a thorough examination I can tell you that Santa’s reindeer are perfectly healthy and in great shape, and ready for their flight,” said Dr. Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Santa’s veterinarian clears Rudolph, reindeer for annual Christmas flight 
Niagara Frontier Publications (N.Y.)
. … Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure Santa’s team of nine were up to date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe. …

Where is Santa? NORAD knows…
NYSE Post
. … Joe Kinnarney, Santa’s veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve. …

Santa’s Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Flight
Los Alamos Daily Post (N.M.)
. … Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe. …

Track Santa with NORAD on Christmas Eve
Mercury News Daily
. … Joe Kinnarney, Santa’s veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve. “Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations ‘hotline.’” the release said. …

Puppy for Christmas requires some thought
Marion Star (Ohio)
“. … Behavioral problems are the No. 1 reason owners give their dogs to animal shelters, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. But luckily, Herron said, most of these problems can be avoided if a puppy is given the proper training and socialization,” the release states. …

Beware of dog flu
Plano Star Courier (Texas)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about 80 percent of dogs exposed to the virus will show signs of the disease. …

How to Socialize Your Puppy
Canine Journal
. … Although puppies can contract diseases by picking up even small amounts of feces or other kinds of excrement left behind by sick dogs in public places, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) asserts that eventual dog behavior problems stemming from lack of puppy socialization are of much more concern than the chance of your puppy contracting a disease from a public place. …

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