AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 15, 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, July 15 – Saturday, July 21
: 290
Daily Average
: 41.4
High Avg: 
47.7 (Week of June 10)
Low Avg: 
14.9 (Week of June 24)
Notes: Coverage this week was driven by AVMA’s inclusion in an A.P. story covering Costco’s decision to ask its pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation stalls.


Wanted: gutsy young veterinarians
Modesto Bee (Calif.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 17 percent of all veterinarians work with food-supply animals. Out in the boonies, says Dr. Rene Carlson, president of the association, a food-animal vet is on call nights and weekends. “Nobody else but you,” she said. …

Jolley: Dr. Leah Dorman, animal antibiotics and public health
Drovers CattleNetwork
. … A few other people who know what they’re talking about are Dr. Ron DeHaven, Executive VP of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Guy Loneragan of Texas Tech, and Dr. Randy Singer, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota. …

For some pets, the problem is not the heat but the owners
Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.)
. …A common misconception is that cats and dogs sweat through their paws, but, said Kimberly May, a veterinarian with the American Veterinary Medical Association, “any secretions there or from their nose, mouth or tongue are not for sweating; they’re for protection and moisture and are insufficient to cool the blood. …”

Protect your pets from bed bugs when traveling
WJXT-TV (Fla.)
“. … Pets can transport bedbugs. Just mechanically, the bed bug hitches a ride on your pet and gets into your house,” says Kimberly May, DVM, with the American Veterinary Medical [Association]. …

Costco turns against tight sow pens
The Associated Press
Advocates of gestation stalls say sows placed in group pens tend to fight, which leads to injuries and submissive sows losing out on food. The American Veterinary [Medical] Association and American Association of Swine Veterinarians say science doesn’t provide a clear answer on whether gestation stalls or group pens are better for sows. …

Healing horse symbol of hope among abandoned steeds
Palm Beach Post (Fla.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 90,000 to 140,000 horses are sent to slaughter annually. In 2007, the Unwanted Horse Coalition (unwantedhorsecoalition.org) estimated there were 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States. Those numbers have likely increased in the last five years. …

Dogs show signs of human trait of grief
HealthDay News
The American Veterinary Medical Association has more information on canine behavior at www.avma.org.

Spider Bites, Snake Attacks And Other Creature Interactions Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat
Huffington Post
. … A pet can get revaccinated and be observed for about 45 days to make sure he has completely recovered from the bite, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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