AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 17, 2012

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, June 17 – Saturday, June 23
Hits: 112
Daily Average: 16
Notes: Hits were down about 66% from the previous week due to the fact that we had no press releases picked up (a press release we distributed the week before on horse soring was picked up in a number of outlets, driving those numbers to a higher-than-normal level).


Area residents should monitor for signs that High Park fire smoke is affecting their pets
Loveland Reporter-Herald (Colo.)
. … Even as we humans find ways to prevent inhaling the smoke, we’re worried about how our pets are faring. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, wildfires are a growing natural hazard in the United States, posing a threat to life and property, including native ecosystems. Often, the AVMA notes, the secondary effects — changes in air and water quality — can be more damaging to health than the fire itself. …

Emergency preparedness: What to do to ready your pets as well as your family
San Marcos Daily Record (Texas)
. … If you are interested in learning more about “go packs” and preparedness, Zoran suggests the following web sites:  AVMA: http://www.avma.org/disaster/. …

Veterinary Groups Push for Better Protection for Championship Horses
ABC News Radio
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) are asking for a ban on the use of “action devices,” which include chains often used in conjunction with caustic chemicals on the horse’s ankle, and thick, heavy pads that are attached to the horse’s hoof that cause the horses to walk more abnormally. …

Roy Exum: Horse Trainers Now Galloping
. … In doing so the formidable group of active state veterinarians joins the two high-profile national groups that have already castigated the walking horse industry — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) – and the resulting worldwide outcry clearly has the SHOW Celebration, which is well-known for the fiefdom they have built in tiny Shelbyville, Tn. …

Pet Q&A
Sacramento Bee
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has sided with United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States in supporting federal legislation to improve the lives of chickens. …

How to protect your pet from the heat
Augusta Gazette (Ga.)
. … 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.  …

Stand Firm on Judicious Use of Antibiotics
National Hog Farmer
. … The coalition members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Feed Industry Association, American Meat Institute, Animal Health Institute, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Milk Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Meat Association and the National Turkey Federation. …

Ventura County chefs, diners prepare for final days of foie gras
Ventura County Star (Calif.)
. … The AVMA’s Animal Welfare Division stated in a 2007 document that “force feeding is possible with ducks as they are able to swallow large food items and so possess a relatively large and robust esophagus … The degree of discomfort experienced during force feeding and immediately afterward while the esophagus is distended remains unclear. …”

3 thoughts on “AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 17, 2012

  1. @brenda The updated AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia are currently undergoing final copy editing, including the addition of new illustrations and tables, and will be published as soon as that is complete. We hope they will be available later this summer.

    What various states require as far as adherence to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia varies. Most states do not specify a particular edition in their state law. In those cases, our assumption is that the most current published edition would be the governing document; however, you would need to confirm that with the responsible regulatory body in that state. In any case, the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia are a “living document” with a mechanism for period updates between convening the full Panel that creates them. The 2007 edition, in fact, is an example of one of those interim updates.

  2. I guess what I’m really asking is “are your new guidelines “official” yet or not, and if a state passes a bill before they are, are they exempt from being required to adhere to the updated guidelines?

  3. Where is your ornanization with the updated Guidelines for Euthanasia.
    Why is the 2007 version still the published copy?
    Massachusettes and other states have bills pending quoting adherence
    to your section 174A…is that the 2007 version or an updated one?
    If the new guidelines are ready, where can you go to read thru them?