AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 2, 2014

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, February 2 – Saturday, February 8
: 254
Daily Average: 36.3
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The first spike in stories was due to pick up of press releases about National Pet Dental Health Month; the second was from coverage of President Obama signing the Farm Bill at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


AVMA: President Obama picks veterinary college as site to sign Farm Bill
Yahoo! News
“. … The Farm Bill is often referred to as the ‘Food, Farm and Jobs Bill,’ but here at the AVMA, we’d like to add that it’s a bill for animals too, because of its far-reaching impact on the work that veterinarians do every day to protect their health and welfare,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer. …

Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
“. … Docking’s usually performed by a veterinarian or breeder without anesthesia, the rationale being that although it certainly causes pain, the puppy isn’t fully alert yet and won’t remember it,” says Emily Patterson-Kane, PhD, an animal welfare scientist at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). …

Is it more humane to kill stray cats, or let them fend alone?
Washington Post
. … The conservancy also says free-roaming cats spread rabies. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that in 2010, four times as many rabid cats (303) were reported as rabid dogs (69), although another study noted the last human rabies case associated with cats in the United States was in 1975. …

Love a pet? Don’t skip the vet
USA Today
. … Dog visits have slipped 21%, cat visits 30% since 2001, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. This crisis has spurred a $5.5 million campaign by more than 90 veterinary groups. …

Change to Westminster show celebrates the everydog
The Associated Press
. … Animal-rights activists argue that the desire for purebreds fuels puppy mills, forsakes mixed-breed dogs that need homes and sometimes propagates unhealthy traits. (The American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken a position on whether mixed breeds or purebreds are generally healthier. …)

Veterinarians: Cats aren’t coming in for regular care
Morning Call (Pa.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association conducts a comprehensive study — the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook — every five years of pet owners across the country. According to the 2012 sourcebook, between 2006 and 2011 the percentage of households that made no trips at all to the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog owners, and a whopping 24 percent for cat owners. …

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