AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 17, 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, November 17 – Saturday, November 23
: 198
Daily Average: 28.3
2013 High Avg.: 145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: The midweek bump in coverage was caused by an AVMA mention in a Ross University press release.



AVMA’s Thanksgiving tips for pet owners
The Current (N.J.)
“. … This is the time of year that many veterinary hospitals report a significant increase in emergency calls particularly those relating to digestive tract disturbances resulting from exposure to foods pets simply should not have received.” says Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. …

The Best Dog Breeds for…
Ag Journal
“. … Nothing takes the place of planning, preparation and research by a family getting a dog,” says Clark Fobian, DVM, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a veterinary practitioner in Sedalia, Missouri. …

Lawmakers silent on horse bill
The Tennessean
. … Also supporting the bill are W. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, who describes a “culture of abuse” in the industry; and Marty Irby, past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, who says, “I have observed more corruption with this industry than I have seen anywhere on Earth. …”

Bill would increase scope of current anti-horse soring law
Brownfield Ag News
. … Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, disagrees.  He testified that the current law does not go far enough. …

Expert panel says undercover video shows abuse at pig farm
NBC News
. … [Temple] Grandin said she supported the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recommendation that farmers needing to euthanize piglets seek an alternative to manual blunt force trauma to the head. …

Pet Tales: Give pets the right treats at Thanksgiving
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. … Emergency visits to veterinary offices and hospitals skyrocket over the Thanksgiving weekend, and so do vet bills, according to news releases from the American Veterinary Medical Association and Petplan pet insurance. …

Tips for traveling with your pets over the holidays
The Oregonian
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends making sure your pet is healthy enough to travel. Some pets should not fly because of age, illness, injury or temperament. …

Is New Dog Virus a Serious Threat?
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says circovirus has been found in the stools of dogs, but it’s not yet linked to serious illnesses or death in the animals. …

Declawing debate: Activists want to make it illegal to declaw cats
KWGN-TV (Colo.)
. … And the verdict is still out when it comes to the American Veterinary Medical Association which states: “There is no scientific evidence that declawing leads to behavior abnormalities when the behavior of declawed cats is compared with that of cats in control groups. …”

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