AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 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, December 30 – Saturday, January 5
: 74
Daily Average: 10.6
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)



ABC News Investigations of the Year: Fighting Cruelty to Horses
ABC News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners both began urging politicians to ban the use of “action devices” – chains and pads that are often used in conjunction with the chemicals that “sore” the horses’ ankles. …

Lodi veterinarian bills may increase
Lodi News-Sentinel (Calif.)
. … The ray of hope for veterinary clinics cringing at their budgets is in the labeling. When a vet orders equipment, they prefer to work with a distributor specifically for vets. If that’s the case, the items should be labeled for veterinary use and exempt from the charge, according to David Kirkpatrick, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Animal hospital raises hopes at UT
The Tennessean
“. … It’s a serious thing. You have a two-year window of time to show that you’re making satisfactory progress to accomplishing the issue,” said Dean Jim Thompson, who received the accreditation notice from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education two days before he started at UT in fall 2008. …

Rock River Valley dog owners share meanings behind names
Rockford Register Star (Ill.)
. … In 2012, 36.5 percent of households owned a dog, based on a sample of 50,000 households nationwide, according to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association. That is slightly lower than the 37.2 percent dog ownership level in the 2007 survey. …

China Insists the Sometimes Lethal Problem with the Jerky Treats Is Ours
. … The condition often presents with vomiting, lethargy and anorexia. The AVMA recommends that veterinarians who suspect a pet illness associated with the treats to report the case to the FDA. …

Cancer Warning Signs in Cats
Cat Channel
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Cancer Society list the 10 most common signs and symptoms of cancer in pets:

Resolve to Be a Responsible Pet Owner
It’s that time of year again; the time when we make New Year’s resolutions. I seem to make the same ones every year: eat healthier, exercise more, be kinder. My suggestion for 2013 is for every pet owner to be a responsible one. To achieve that goal, the American Veterinary Medical Association has developed a list of guidelines for responsible pet ownership.


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