AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 14, 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, October 14 – Saturday, October 20
: 171
Daily Average: 24.4
High Avg:  56.9 (Week of September 30)
Notes: Wednesday’s surge in stories was fueled by AVMA’s inclusion in a press release from Mississippi State University about the school’s efforts to reduce euthanasia through two mobile veterinary clinics that provide spay/neuter services throughout the state.


Op-Ed: Protect pets, family from illness
Daily Herald (Ill.)
By Dr. W. Ron DeHaven
CEO, American Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Anthony Komaroff has some very good advice about ways to prevent getting sick from your pets (“Take sensible precautions as a pet owner,” Sept. 17). There are just a few clarifications we think are important.

Pet Spending Predictions for 2016
Chicago Now
. … A new AVMA study shows that unfortunately I was right, as pet ownership is down 2.4%. …

Dog-rescue shelter seeks help to fund new home
Seminole Chronicle (Fla.)
. … She said she has been inundated with owner turn-ins because of the economy. The downward trend in pet ownership was also recently noted by a report from the American Veterinary Medical Association in August of this year. …

Who is in the news? Dr. Abigail Bowers
Quad City Times (Iowa)
. … She was appointed and elected chair of the AVMA Leadership Conference Planning Committee and selected for the AVMA Emerging Leaders program. …

Aging dogs (and cats) are having their day
Detroit News
. … Surveys periodically conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association show about 31 percent of pet-owning households had dogs and cats age 11 or older in 2006, the most current year available. That was a 25 percent increase over 1987. …

AU’s College of Veterinary Medicine reaccredited
Opelika-Auburn News (Ala.)
Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine was recently awarded full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

Angie’s List advice on spending money on a health specialist for your animals
ABC Action News (Fla.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes 21 veterinary specialty organizations that oversee 40 distinct specialties. …



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