AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 3, 2013

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, March 3 – Saturday, March 9
: 231
Daily Average: 33.0
2013 High Avg.:  53.1 (week of Feb. 10)
Notes: The surge in stories on Thursday was the result of wide pick-up of our press release on AVMF’s “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest.



Study: Alabama seventh in US for dog ownership
Decatur Daily (Ala.)
. .. The report also reveals other information about pets and their owners across the country said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

10 questions to ask your cat’s veterinarian
. … Obesity is a growing concern in pets, as it is in people. “It has all sorts of health implications for the heart, joints, liver and kidneys,” says Dr. Bonnie Beaver, former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a veterinary professor at Texas A&M University. …

Antibiotics remain important for animal, public health
Southeast Farm Press
. … Presenters included Dr. Scott Hurd, a veterinarian and epidemiologist at Iowa State University; Dr. Christine Hoang with the American Veterinary Medical Association; and Dr. Rich Carnevale from the Animal Health Institute. …

FDA seeks to limit antibiotics in animal feed
New Jersey Herald
. … Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said in the news release: “USDA worked with the FDA to ensure that the voices of livestock producers across the country were taken into account, and we will continue to collaborate with the FDA, the American Veterinary Medical Association and livestock groups to ensure that the appropriate services are available to help make this transition. …”

AVMF issues call for America’s Favorite Veterinarian nominees
Yahoo! News
Has a spectacular veterinarian made a difference in your life? The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is seeking nominations for amazing doctors of veterinary medicine from all aspects of the veterinary profession.

One Health: People and Pets, Integrative Medicine
The One Health Commission is an initiative of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association – the goal is to understand the many links between human and animal health, to recognize and prevent emerging diseases and support and better understand the human/animal bond.

Stay informed on pet foods, recalls to keep animals safe
The Coloradoan
. … So what’s the best advice for a concerned pet owner? Stay informed. The AVMA has an excellent website with all of the latest recall information; go to www.avma.org and follow the links. …

South Dakota’s unique pet population ranks near the top
Rapid City Journal (S.D.)
. … The state is ranked third nationally for pet ownership, with 65.6 percent of households having at least one furry friend, according to a survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Diet and exercise changes that will help your pet lose weight
Statesman Journal (Ore.)
. … But not every pet owner is as vigilant, apparently, because the American Veterinary Medical Association said that obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, can be detrimental to the health of a dog. …

Do homework before traveling with pet
Salem News (Mass.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org), more than 53 percent of people take their pets with them on vacation. It’s not easy to do so because two of the four most common modes of transportation, trains and buses, prohibit pets. That means your pet will most likely be traveling with you in the family car or be in the pet cargo section on an airline. Either way, there are a few precautions you can take to make the travel easier on your pet. …

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