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OAHF golf outing raises most money in 3 years


This year’s Fore Animals Classic fundraiser brought in nearly $9,000 in funds for animal-related research and projects—a 20 percent increase over 2015. The ninth annual event, hosted by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, drew 56 participants to Bent Tree Golf Club on Sept. 21.

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ODA confirms West Nile in Tuscarawas horse

REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO — SEPT. 16, 2016 — The first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an Ohio horse has been confirmed in 2016.

Testing on samples taken from a seven‐year‐old Standardbred in Tuscarawas County confirmed the positive WNV diagnosis to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sept. 12. The horse’s veterinarian first examined the animal Aug. 29. The animal was euthanized after exhibiting significant clinical signs, including shaking, agitation and thrashing. The horse had not been vaccinated.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flulike symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30‐40 percent in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported three positive cases in horses each of the last few years.

“This incident in Tuscarawas County should serve as an alert to all horse owners to vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their local vet for options and advice on how to keep their animals healthy.”

In addition to vaccinations, horse owners also should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.

—Submitted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

MVC 2016 draws record-breaking 6,406 attendees

The numbers are in: The 2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a record-breaking 6,406 veterinary professionals! This is a 13 percent increase in total attendance over 2015 and represents a record for both total attendance and the number of veterinarian attendees.

Veterinarians 1740 1665 1899
Technicians 1253 1509 1418
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 686 528 660
Core Audience 3679 3702 3977
Spouse/Guest 174 184 48
Exhibitors 1079 935 1271
Exhibit Hall Visitors 122 98 206
Students: Pre-Vet, Vet & Tech 688 700 690
Veterinary Exploration Conference 230 49 214
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5972 5668 6406

Gingrich named Ohio Veterinarian of the Year


Dr. Fred Gingrich was named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) President Dr. Fred Gingrich has been named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award, considered the Association’s highest honor, was presented by outgoing OVMA President Dr. Brad Garrison during a special award ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gingrich is owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services and Ashland Veterinary Clinic, where he practices dairy and small animal medicine, respectively.

Dr. Gingrich’s dedication to the veterinary community extends beyond practice ownership. He is a champion for the Ohio Dairy Veterinarians Association and has spearheaded efforts to educate veterinarians and dairy producers across the state on responsible drug use. On a national level, his involvement in organized veterinary medicine includes serving on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation, the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, and the prestigious Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents.

A long-time member of the AABP, Dr. Gingrich is also a past winner of the organization’s Preventative Medicine Dairy Award and recently took the reins as president.

“To rise to such national prominence obviously speaks well of his talents and standing with his veterinary colleagues,” Dr. Garrison said. “Equally impressive are the countless and perhaps less visible things he does in serving his community and clients—from mentoring veterinary students, to providing medical care and fundraising for the Feline Sanctuary in Ashland, to caring for service animals of wounded veterans.”

Dr. Gingrich lives in Ashland with his wife Michelle and their four children.


The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,500 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

Pendleton accepts gavel of OVMA president at annual convention

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – Dr. Scott Pendleton of Cadiz has assumed the role of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the organization’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. Brad Garrison formally passed the gavel on to his successor.

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2016 MVC shelter scholarship winners announced


Every year, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association partners with the Ohio Animal Health Foundation and Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust to award 20 scholarships to shelter personnel who would like to attend the Midwest Veterinary Conference but may not otherwise be able to. The scholarships help alleviate the financial burden many shelters face so that they can take advantage of the educational opportunities the MVC offers.

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Annual golf outing raises more than $7,000

Bent Tree

Sept. 16 was a picturesque day for the OAHF Fore Animals Classic at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury.

Fifty-six golfers enjoyed blue skies on Sept. 16 at the Eighth annual Ohio Animal Health Foundation Fore Animals Classic, helping to raise more than $7,000 for important animal health projects. The event helps fund a variety of OAHF grants that advance animal health and enrichment research and fund educational programs and equipment, as well as support a number of local animal care projects.

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OAHF grants fund university education, research

Photo courtesy UC Blue Ash

University of Cincinnati: A 2014 grant to the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Veterinary Technology program allowed them to purchase five microscopes to be placed at non-profit animal welfare locations and farms in the area. The microscopes served as a valuable teaching and animal care tool, screening animals for parasites and zoonotic diseases. Nine hundred shelter animals and 130 farm animals were served over the past year.

University of Findlay. With an OAHF grant, researchers at the University of Findlay studied socializing piglets prior to weaning, as well as the inclusion of environmental enrichment on piglet behavior and weight gain. The research helped shed new light on ways to minimize aggressive behavior and stress among piglets during weaning.

ODH warns about toxic algae in Ohio waters

Photo courtesy of Ohio EPA

Photo courtesy of Ohio EPA

Within the past month, there have been multiple reports of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in bodies of water across Ohio. In response, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wishes to share the following information with Ohio veterinarians.

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AVMA delegates consider changes at annual meeting

By Robert Knapp, DVM, M.S.
AVMA Ohio Delegate

The summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates was held July 9 and 10 in Boston, in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention. Highlights included: Dr. Gary Holfinger (Toledo) was recognized for his years of service as a trustee for the GHLIT; Dr. Joe Kinnarney (Reidsville, N.C.) assumed the presidency for the upcoming year; and Dr. Thomas Meyer (Vancouver, Wash.) became president-elect. Additionally, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, showed a video honoring individuals in service to our country.

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