AVA in the media

November 2017

AVA President Paula Parker has conducted interviews following the distribution of the following media releases over the past four weeks:

  • 26 October 2017: With spring and summer the high seasons for ticks, the AVA encouraged pet owners to talk to their veterinarian now about ways to prevent serious harm or death from toxic ticks. This was covered on radio including 3AW Melbourne and 2CC Canberra as well as local newspapers including Pine Rivers Press, Caboolture News, Gippsland Times and Riverine Herald.
  • 30 October 2017: We asked pet owners to make sure their dogs are up-to-date with their vaccinations with a high risk of exposure to parvovirus at this time of year. This was covered on radio including ABC Wollongong, local newspapers including the Advocate Coffs Harbour and online including Central Queensland News.
  • 02 November 2017: With the ACT government planning to end greyhound racing in the Territory, the AVA advised the ACT government that Greyhound welfare could be ensured without the need to end racing. This was covered online in City News, in the Canberra Times newspaper as well as the Canberra Weekly and 2CC Canberra radio.
  • 09 November 2017: With World Antibiotic Awareness Week observed from 13 – 19 November, we took the opportunity to remind Australians that everyone, including pet owners, has a role to play in fighting antimicrobial resistance. This was covered by Radio National and in print publications including Northern Territory News.
  • 10 November 2017: After discovering that a Pug race was going ahead at the ‘Taste of Braddon’ event in the ACT, the AVA expressed concern for the health and welfare of the dogs involved and urged the community to take precautions. This was covered by print publications including The Land.
  • 13 November 2017: In our second media release about World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we highlighted the importance of veterinarians and farmers working together to use antibiotics responsibly in livestock. This was covered by 2CC Canberra radio.
  • 20 November 2017: In celebration of National Agriculture Day, the AVA highlighted the vital role that veterinarians play in ensuring the health and welfare of rural livestock which leads to increased productivity and profitability. To date, this has been covered on radio including 4WK.
  • 21 November 2017: With the Queensland state election fast-approaching, we issued a media release advising that the AVA Queensland Division released its election policy platform, emphasising the important role veterinarians play on farms in ensuring the health and welfare of livestock.

The AVA also regularly receives requests from journalists regarding stories about animal welfare and legislation as well as the broader veterinary industry in Australia. So far in November, Paula has conducted a radio interview with ABC rural on the shortage of cattle vets in rural areas. She was also interviewed by a journalist from Vet Practice Magazine on the joint AVA and RSPCA Love is Blind campaign. SBS also advised that they would be covering our Love is Blind campaign on their program, The Feed and conducted an interview with Paula in their studio. You can check out the story online via Facebook.

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