Auxiliary promotes veterinary care for National Pet Week

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2013 National Pet Week poster

“Love Your Pet, See Your Vet” is the message that the Auxiliary to the AVMA will be spreading for National Pet Week 2013, May 5-11.

The AVMA and the Auxiliary created National Pet Week in 1981 to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.

The Auxiliary held its annual poster and writing contests in early 2012 to generate promotional materials for National Pet Week 2013. The winner of each contest received $100.

Trey Favaloro of Baton Rouge, La., was in third grade when he submitted the accompanying drawing that won the poster contest.

Jasmine Jimenez of New York City was in ninth grade when she submitted the poem below that won the writing contest.

Promotional materials for National Pet Week 2013, featuring the “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet” poster, can be ordered by visiting, then selecting “National Pet Week” and clicking on “Merchandise.”

“A True Pet’s Friend”

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or rodent
Don’t you dare waste another second.
If you love your pet
Take him or her to the vet.
They don’t have to be sick or need any repair
Just take them for a trip to show them you care.

If you want your pet to love you making sure they’re healthy is a must
When they sense that you’re helping them they start to develop a sense of trust.
Knowing they have a friend makes their heart’s beat ever so gentle
So make sure to get them checked for illness, diet and dental.
Sure buying toys can really make a pet content
But that happiness only last for a moment.

The best gift you can give them is a healthy life that lasts long
When visiting his doctor, nothing can go wrong.
Go ahead and make an appointment
With your pet’s health you can’t lose a moment.
Because when it comes time they need some love to be around
They know where a sincere, dear friend can be found.