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MVC attendance breaks 6,000 for second year in a row

Attendance numbers for the 2017 Midwest Veterinary Conference show a significant increase in technician and student attendance over the past several years. Although overall attendance was slightly lower than 2016’s record breaker, it is still notably higher than prior years, reflecting a steady increase in attendance over the past seven years.

Attendance Category 2015 2016 2017
Veterinarians 1,665 1,899 1,628
Technicians 1,509 1,418 1,535
Hospital/Shelter Staff & Other Professionals 528 660 626
Core Audience 3,702 3,977 3,789
Students: Pre-Vet, Tech, Veterinary 700 690 817
Exhibitors 935 1,271 905
Exhibit Hall Visitors 98 206 155
Veterinary Exploration Conference 49 214 195
Spouse/Guest 184 48 193
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5,668 6,406 6,054

 

OVMA names Veterinarian of the Year, new president assumes role

OVMA outgoing President Dr. Scott Pendleton presents Dr. Linda Lord with the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year Award.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 6, 2017 – Columbus veterinarian Dr. Linda Lord has been named the 2016 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. Scott Pendleton during a special award ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

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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.

ATTENDANCE CATEGORY 2014 2015 2016
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

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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.

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ABOUT THE OVMA
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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MVC Passport to Rewards winners

IMG_2820Congratulations to the following MVC 2016 attendees whose names were drawn in the Passport to Rewards raffle:

  • Apple Watch – Dr. Rex Miller
  • Amazon Echo – Justina Lewis
  • Amazon TV – Amy Carter
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card – Taylor Ford, Kate Pouch, Lori Raab, Edward McKaig, Stephanie Sosa

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2016 MVC shelter scholarship winners announced

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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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OVMA donates more than $16,000 to student scholarships

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OVMA is donating $16,530 this month to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the 5 for 5 for the Future scholarship program. The initiative donates $5 of every Midwest Veterinary Conference registration fee to veterinary and technician student scholarships. Since its implementation, the program has contributed over $64,000 in scholarships.

MVC 2015 core audience increases over prior years

Another successful Conference is in the OVMA record books! Popular events—including MVC Zumba, Connection Corner and Exhibit Hall Fast Cash—were back, accompanied by new features like the Recent Grad Town Hall Reception. Although overall numbers this year saw a slight drop over MVC 2014 (no doubt due to inclement weather on Saturday), technician attendance jumped nearly 6 percent, helping to increase the core attendance to the highest number of the past five years.

ATTENDANCE CATEGORY 2012 2013 2014 2015
Veterinarians 1744 1546 1740 1665
Technicians 1098 1347 1253 1509
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 671 560 686 528
Core Audience 3513 3453 3679 3702
Spouse/Guest 211 254 174 184
Exhibitors 687 1002 1079 935
Exhibit Hall Only 155 139 122 98
Pre-Vet 45 28 39 24
Veterinary Exploration Conference 236 159 230 49
Students: Veterinary & Technician 699 849 649 676
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5546 5884 5972 5668

Garrison accepts gavel of OVMA President at annual conference

Dr. Brad Garrison (left) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. David Koncal.

Dr. Brad Garrison (left) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. David Koncal.

King named DVM of the Year; Redman, Wiley honored with service awards

COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 27, 2015 — Dr. Brad Garrison of Wooster was recently elected President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. David Koncal passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Garrison.

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Nearly 6,000 attend 2014 MVC

The 2014 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a five-year record of nearly 6,000 veterinary professionals, with a notable increase in veterinarian attendance.

ATTENDANCE CATEGORY 2011 2012 2013 2014
Veterinarians 1628 1744 1546 1740
Technicians 1260 1098 1347 1253
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 391 671 560 686
Core Audience 3279 3513 3453 3679
Spouse/Guest 204 211 254 174
Exhibitors 672 687 1002 1079
Exhibit Hall Only 127 155 139 122
Pre-Vet 33 45 28 39
Veterinary Exploration Conference 200 236 159 230
Students: Veterinary & Technician 771 699 849 649
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5286 5546 5884 5972

2013 MVC attendance highest since 2009

This year’s Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a four-year record of 5,884 veterinary professionals, with notable increases in technician, student and exhibitor attendance. Read more

Haines steps up as president of Ohio VMA; former Public Health Veterinarian honored

Dr. Patricia Haines accepts the gavel of the OVMA president from Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

Dr. Patricia Haines accepts the gavel of the OVMA president from Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 6, 2013 — Dr. Patricia Haines was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC) in February, Dr. Haines formally accepted the position from outgoing President Dr. Ryan Zimmerman of Fremont.

“I am honored to represent the veterinarians of Ohio as President of the OVMA,” Dr. Haines said. “Our profession will be continually called upon to provide leadership and education in the care and treatment of all animals. We must provide responses that are reasoned and responsible to encourage resolution, not conflict.” Read more

Shelter scholarship winners announced

The OVMA Shelter Animal Medicine & Care Committee congratulates the following organizations that have been selected to receive a shelter scholarship to the 2013 Midwest Veterinary Conference: Read more

MVC attendance highest in three years

Attendance from the 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference shows increases in both the core audience and overall attendance in comparison with the 2010 and 2011 Conferences. Read more

OVMA names Glauer 2011 Ohio Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Dave Glauer, former State Veterinarian and technical writer for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, was recognized with the OVMA's highest honor, Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Dave Glauer, former State Veterinarian and technical writer for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, was recognized with the OVMA’s highest honor, Veterinarian of the Year.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 —Former State Veterinarian David Glauer was recently recognized with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year Award. This award, presented by OVMA’s outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord, recognizes one individual for outstanding contributions, dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the community and the animal kingdom. Read more

OVMA recognizes Winsley, Shriver, Washington for contributions to veterinary medicine

Bill Winsley, former executive director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, was honored with the OVMA Special Achievement Award.

Bill Winsley, former executive director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, was honored with the OVMA Special Achievement Award.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Three local individuals were recognized by Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord for their contributions to veterinary medicine and the community during awards ceremonies at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), Feb. 23-26.

Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s recently retired Executive Director Bill Winsley was honored with the OVMA’s Special Achievement Award for his exemplary record of service and dedication to the veterinary profession.

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Zimmerman assumes position as president of state veterinary association

Outgoing OVMA President Dr. Linda Lord passes the gavel to incoming President Dr. Ryan Zimmerman at an awards ceremony held at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

Outgoing OVMA President Dr. Linda Lord passes the gavel to incoming President Dr. Ryan Zimmerman at an awards ceremony held at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Fremont veterinarian Ryan Zimmerman was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in late February, Dr. Zimmerman formally accepted the position from outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord of Columbus. Read more

Winners of free lab registration announced!

As a bonus to its Student Members, OVMA recently held a contest for a free hands-on lab registration to the 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference. The following Student Members were drawn to attend these labs free of charge: Read more

MVC introduces first-ever smartphone app

Whether you’re a seasoned MVC attendee or it’s your first time, the new Midwest Veterinary Conference mobile app is a handy tool that will help you navigate the fast lane at this year’s event! Read more

CCPDT approves MVC credit for trainers, behavior consultants

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has approved 21 CEUs for trainers and 21 CEUs for behavior consultants who attend the 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference. For more details on CCPDT-approved continuing education credit that can be obtained at the 2012 MVC, please visit the organization’s website.

2012 Shelter Animal program now available

shelter2012Shelter animal professionals can now download the 2012 Shelter Animal Medicine & Care program for the Midwest Veterinary Conference in February. The program contains information on the 2012 Shelter Animal Track, as well as suggested sessions that may be helpful for those working in the sheltering community.

This program also includes instructions and an application for this year’s Shelter Animal scholarship program, which awards a limited number of full Conference registrations, including a stipend for additional related expenses, to shelters in and out of Ohio. New in 2012, the OVMA will also be awarding several partial scholarships for shelter veterinarians to attend a spay/neuter hands-on lab, to be held on Monday, Feb. 27.

More information on the 2012 Shelter Animal Medicine & Care program can be found on the MVC Web site at http://mvcinfo.org/shelter. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Jan. 16 for consideration.

Dr. Lord assumes position as president of state veterinary association

New OVMA President Dr. Linda Lord (left) thanks Immediate Past President Dr. Jason Johnston, right, for his service.

New OVMA President Dr. Linda Lord (left) thanks Immediate Past President Dr. Jason Johnston, right, for his service.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 15, 2011 — Columbus veterinarian Linda Lord was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in late February, Dr. Lord formally accepted the position from the previous president, Dr. Jason Johnston of Troy. Read more

OVMA recognizes recognizes Forshey, Kukor, Cornely for contributions to veterinary medicine

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 4, 2011 — Three local individuals were recognized by OVMA President Dr. Jason Johnston for their contributions to the veterinary community during awards ceremonies at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), Feb. 24 to 27. Read more

Sales tax workshop added to MVC program

Few issues generate more questions and confusion in veterinary practices than those relating to the proper collection and payment of Ohio sales tax. Which products in a veterinary facility are taxable? What about prescription versus over-the-counter drugs? How does the resale exemption work?

On Thursday, Feb. 24, (1:30 to 3 p.m.) John Trippier and Steve Russell of the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Audit Division will present important information as well as answer your questions on the proper administration of sales tax in veterinary facilities.

While this workshop is offered at the Midwest Veterinary Conference, you do not have to be attending the MVC to participate, and there is no additional fee for OVMA members or individuals from their staff. This workshop is worth one hour of non-scientific CE credit.

Please register for this workshop online. The deadline to register for this program is Feb. 18.

Students introduced to veterinary medicine at Veterinary Exploration Conference

Being a veterinarian is about more than caring for cats and dogs. Did you know that there are specialties in veterinary medicine just as there are in human medicine? The Veterinary Exploration Conference (formerly known as the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference) will introduce attendees to the vast range of opportunities available when considering a career in veterinary medicine. The Veterinary Exploration Conference is open to undergraduate college students, as well as high school juniors and seniors, who have an interest in exploring veterinary medicine.

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