AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 4, 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, August 4 – Saturday, August 10
: 256
Daily Average: 36.6
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: The spike in stories seen on Monday and Tuesday were driven by press releases for the veterinarian directory veterinarians.com, which quotes former AVMA Executive Vice President Dr. Bruce Little, and Mensch Insurance, which suggests veterinarians should consider insurance options other than those offered by the AVMA.


Roy Exum: The Budweiser Clydesdales Wept
The Chattanoogan (Tenn.)
. … American Veterinary Medical Association CEO Ron DeHaven met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week to discuss the rampant soring and said afterwards, “The Secretary is sympathetic to the cause and supportive of the effort. He also understands concerns given the current budget climate. Any additional requirement has to come with funding. …”

ANIMAL CONNECTIONS: This week in Agribusiness
. … AVMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. Ron DeHaven: “You walk through, it’s very interactive, and it’s as entertaining and engaging for kids as it is for adults. But it’s an opportunity to understand that while must of the public associates with their pet veterinarian, there’s so much more to the profession—whether it’s food safety, care of laboratory animals, wildlife programs—and this exhibit has it all. …”

Livestock veterinarians in demand
Charleston Daily Mail (W.V.)
. … The 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association work force report suggests the issue isn’t a shortage of livestock vets, but rather a problem of distribution where there are many underserved rural areas in need of large animal veterinary care. …

Dog days of summer mean 90-degree days, putting pooches in peril
The Oregonian
. … Hank Stern, a county spokesman, cited American Veterinary Medical Association statistics indicating that temperatures in an enclosed vehicle can climb by 19 degrees within 10 minutes and by 43 degrees within an hour. …

Best way to kill lab animals sought
. … Widely used guidelines on animal euthanasia from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Schaumburg, Illinois, were updated earlier this year, in part to adapt to changes in the animals used in labs, with zebrafish guidance one of the additions. The association says it expects the lab animals section of these guidelines to continue to expand. …

Families more likely to own pets, but empty nesters gaining ground
Deseret News (Utah)
. … Demographic surveys of pet owners sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association paint a relatively simple picture of the correlation between family size and pet ownership: If you have a kid or two or three, you’re much more likely to own a dog or a cat or some other animal friend. …

My Pet World: Training can curb terrier’s aggression toward other dogs
St. Paul Pioneer Press
These reader questions were answered by experts attending the Veterinary Behavior Symposium July 19, preceding the 150th Annual Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, held in Chicago.

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