AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 28, 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, September 28 – Saturday, October 4
: 401
Daily Average: 57.3
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)

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Dr. Sophia Yin’s Loss Is Profound
Chicago Now
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, on average, cats visit the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. As a result, there are many cats who die from diseases which may have been treated if only they were discovered earlier. Many more cats simply don’t get treatment because visiting the veterinarian is such an ordeal. …

A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital
The Verge
. … Not everyone is of this opinion, however. Christine Hoang, assistant director of scientific activities at the American Veterinary [Medical] Association, says the goals outlined by the Obama administration are good enough. They reflect the FDA’s stance on antibiotics use in food production and the intention to phase out growth promotion uses, she says. “There aren’t really any loopholes,” Hoang says. Under Obama’s plan, drugs will be used to treat and prevent disease, she says, and there will be more veterinary oversight. “I don’t think we should limit antibiotic use any more. It’s a great detriment to us as a profession, as well as to animal welfare, to restrict them further. …”

Montana Would Like Someone To Take These Bison Now, Please
. … These 145 animals were the subject of an extended study in bison-isolation, to see if it was even possible to cull a completely uninfected population out of an already infected herd. After seven years of testing, USDA researchers were finally convinced that they’d done it, as detailed in this study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and they decreed the bison fit for travel. …

America’s Favorite Veterinarian a beloved James Herriot clone
Hartford Courant (Conn.)
“. … I’m privileged to be a part of this profession that helps family members. That’s what pets have become. I’m truly honored.” Dr. Hunt will be honored at the convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association next July in Boston. …

AVMA’s New Guidelines Aim to Reduce Spread of Disease in Shelter Pets
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has just released a new set of guidelines entitled Relocation of Dogs and Cats for Adoption: Best Practices. It is a comprehensive look at what is necessary to ensure that transportation of dogs and cats (for any reason, really) is done in a humane and healthy manner.

Summit County Animal Control urges pet vaccinations to prevent rabies
Summit Daily (Colo.)
. … World Rabies Day is a global day of awareness and activism aimed at reducing rabies transmission. The campaign is led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, with partner organizations including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the World Health Organization. …



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