AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 30, 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, September 30 – Saturday, October 5
: 398
Daily Average: 56.9
High Avg:  56.9 (Week of September 30)
Notes: Spikes in coverage on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday were driven by coverage of an A.P. story on HSUS’ president running for a seat on Tyson’s board, a press release on an upcoming meeting on pressing issues concerning food production sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and an AVMA press release on AVMA’s participation in the FTC Pet Medication Workshop.


Animal Attraction: Money tips for caring pet owners
KENS-TV (Texas)
“. … Cutting costs is part of our daily lives in today’s economy. Everyone is trying to save money, including pet owners. But a penny saved can turn out to be pound foolish when it comes to pet health,” says AVMA President Dr. Doug Aspros. …

Animal Antibiotics And Biotech Seed Experts Highlight The Food Dialogues: New York
Dallas Morning News
. … For the “Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics in Your Food” panel, experts will discuss antibiotics and its use and application in animal agriculture. USFRA has secured: Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, Assistant Director of the Division of Scientific Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

AVMA defends health of America’s pets at FTC Pet Medication Workshop
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defended the veterinary profession and spoke out against a proposed federal mandate on prescription writing during an Oct. 2 workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that looked at competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medication industry.

Lyon County cat tests positive for rabies
Marshall Independent (Minn.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 70,000 people worldwide die from rabies every year. Dogs, cats, ferrets and horses should be routinely vaccinated. Sheep and cattle should be vaccinated whenever appropriate. …

Top 10 Pills Most Likely To Poison Your Pet
Popping your daily meds can become a bit of a mindless routine. But one mistake can—and does—cost pets their lives, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Humane Society president seeks seat on Tyson board
St. Paul Pioneer Press (The Associated Press)
. … While animal welfare groups insist the stalls are cruel, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians have said science does not provide a clear-cut answer and there are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. …

Delaware SPCA spayed/neutered large volume of pets this summer
Cape Gazette (Dela.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spay/neuter is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections. …

Veterinary Students Invited to Apply for the 2013 Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship Program
KVVU-TV (Nev.)
“. … Pfizer recognizes that entering into this rewarding and critical profession does not come at a low cost,” said Vanessa Mariani, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, U.S. Operations at Pfizer Animal Health. “In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 2,500 students graduated from veterinary schools with an average debt load nearing $140,000 in 2011. …”

Health Benefits of Companion Animals
Bella Online
. … The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have both gone on record to the efficacy of companion animals aiding in maintaining human health. Here are a few of the more pronounced health benefit highlights. …



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