AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 27, 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, July 27 – Saturday, August 2
: 215
Daily Average: 30.7
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The bump in stories at the start of the week comes from AVMA’s mention in an A.P. story on animal massage and an AVMF press release on the America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest.


Cat declawing: Vets agree to call the surgery an “amputation” — but not to ban it
Westword News (Colo.)
“. … The main intent [of the revised policy] is to elevate the seriousness of the procedure in the minds of veterinarians and, hopefully, the public,” says Dr. Ted Cohn, a longtime local vet who will assume the office of AVMA president tomorrow. “It’s imperative that pet owners know that this is not a simple procedure. …”

How Far Should We Go to Save Our Pets?
. … All of this might seem like good news for vets, but they’re struggling with the issue. “It’s wonderful that people are willing to spend $10,000 or $20,000 to deal with their sick pet, but ethically it puts us in quicksand,” says Douglas Aspros, the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the manager of a veterinary clinic in White Plains, New York. …

Do You Have What It Takes To Work With Animals?
. … The majority of people who work with animals share one thing in common: they all are passionate about animals. “We don’t go into this profession for the money,” says Kimberly May, DVM, MS, DACVS (Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and assistant director of the Communications Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Lawsuit says animal massage isn’t vets’ work
Houston Chronicle
. … But the American Veterinary Medical Association, which tracks policies state to state, considers alternative animal therapies to be veterinary medicine. Adrian Hochstadt, an assistant director of the association, said there are laws in other states where veterinarians and non-veterinarians who care for animals work together. …

What our cats and dogs say about our politics
Washington Post
. … According to new data from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States is a country torn between two pets, with some states having nearly two cats for every dog (looking at you, Maryland and Massachusetts), and others having significantly more dogs than cats. …

Congress should work together to prohibit abuse of show horses
The Hill
. … Endorsements of the PAST Act include the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and veterinary medical associations from all 50 states. …

Corporate Cats Still Suck: The Improbable Tale of Indie Superkitty Lil BUB
“. … Cats aren’t perceived as social animals,” Jackson Galaxy, the cat-behaviorist host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, told me. “We don’t walk with our cat on a leash, and run into other people with cats, and say, ‘Ooh let’s have a cat playdate together.’” Since the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 36-million U.S. households have cats, that makes a lot of missed playdates. …

How much are you willing to spend on your pets?
Fox-5 New York
. … Despite of high rents and tight square footage, the American Veterinary [Medical] Association estimates New Yorkers own more than 1 million cats and dogs. …

Association Helps Veterinarians Get Their Day in the Sun
Associations Now
A wing of the American Veterinary Medical Association just announced final public voting for the “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest, which helps highlight vets and their special relationships with pets and pet owners.

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