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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter March/April 1999 Volume XIV, No II

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) celebrates National Pet Week on May 2-8, 1999. This year’s theme is "Taking Care of Each Other," to emphasize the remarkable and endless devotion between people and their pets. Along with the AVMA, the Auxiliary to the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the North American Veterinary Technician Association sponsor this annual event.

National Pet Week is unique in that it focuses on the importance of the human-animal bond and responsible pet ownership. Growing public interest in how pets benefit humans is seen everywhere. In many cases, physicians are prescribing that patients spend time with pets to promote their own health and well-being. Pets can even lower blood pressure, and give patients a reason to live, taking their thoughts off their own problems as they care for a beloved pet.

CVM is proud to endorse this worthwhile campaign.