AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 10, 2012

As we mentioned last week, the AVMA’s Media Relations Department is constantly in contact with reporters, editors and producers from across the country (and sometimes the world), answering their questions, setting up interviews and passing along the latest news from the association. This hard work pays off with thousands of AVMA mentions in the news every year, which not only helps educate the public about animal health and the veterinary profession, but about the AVMA as well.

To help give you an idea of where the AVMA has been mentioned in the media in the past week, AVMA Media Relations staff have developed a new AVMA@Work blog series, “AVMA in the News,” which will run at the beginning of each week. Each post will take a look back at the number of times AVMA has appeared in the media in the previous week, 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, June 10 – Saturday, June 16
Hits: 334
Daily Average: 47.7
(+278% from last week)
Notes: The large increase from last week was driven by the pick up of the press release on our call for a ban on devices used in horse soring.



Major Veterinary Groups Call for Ban on Action Devices, Performance Packages in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry
Seattle Times
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) today called for a ban on the use of action devices and performance packages in the training and showing of Tennessee Walking Horses. These devices and packages are implicated in the practice of soring, which is the abusive act of intentionally inflicting pain to accentuate a horse’s gait.

Walking horse trainers begin testing for chemicals
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)
The American Veterinary Medical Association joined in the announcement. “Soring has been an illegal act for more than 40 years. Nevertheless, increasingly shrewd and more difficult to detect — yet equally painful — methods of soring continue to plague the walking horse industry,” said Dr. Rene A. Carlson, association president. …

U.S. pets getting sicker; decline in vet visits blamed
The Times-Reporter (Ohio)
“. … Despite the ever-increasing emotional bond we have with our pets, research shows pets are getting less preventive health care,” says Dr. Rene A. Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). …

Chip is key in pet reunions
St. Louis Post Dispatch
A 2007-2008 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association study of 7,700 lost animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to owners 21.9 percent of the time, but microchipped dogs were reunited 52.2 percent of the time.

Toledo Veterinarian Notes At-Home Pet Dental Care Plays Part in Pet Wellness
DMN Newswire
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an estimated three out of four dogs over the age of three years suffer from gum disease. Just like in humans, bacteria and other plaque can build up along the gum line. …

Responsible pet owners key to safety for letter carriers
El Dorado Times
. … The postal service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Insurance Information Institute (III), and Prevent The Bite (PTB), are driving home the message that dog bites are a nationwide issue and that education can help prevent dog attacks to people of all ages. …

New Bill Makes Sense for Egg Lovers
The Ledger (Fla.)
. … This sensible approach is supported by egg farmers such as me; more than 40 state egg and farm organizations, including the Florida Poultry Federation; 10 animal-protection groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; scientific groups such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Avian Pathologists; and consumer groups such as the National Consumers League and Consumer Federation of America. …

How to protect your pet from the heat
Indiana Gazette
. … Another bad idea is to leave your dog in a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked. The American Veterinary Medical Association, reports that temperatures in a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, and 30 degrees in half an hour. …

Covering the animal within
Columbia Journalism Review
“. … The legendary giants of medical and veterinary pathology are rapidly aging and fading away,” Cardiff laments, while expressing hope in steps the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) took that year to create the One Health Commission. …

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