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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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Grreat Choice, Companion canned dog foods recalled

PetSmart and Giant Food Stores have issued voluntary recalls of specific lots of their canned dog foods due to possible metal contamination. Read more

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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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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Halo cat food recalled due to reports of mold

halo-spots-stew-cat-food-turkey-recipe-MDHalo, Purely for Pets has initiated a limited voluntary recall of its Spot’s Stew Sensitive Cat Turkey kibble with a Best By date of 09/04/2016 due to reports of mold. No other Halo products are affected.

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Annual golf outing raises more than $7,000

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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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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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OVMA testifies in support of puppy mill rules

Puppies in the cageThe OVMA testified today in support of newly proposed Ohio Department of Agriculture rules that would regulate high-volume commercial dog breeders in Ohio. [Download a PDF of the complete testimony] The proposed rules implement the provisions of Senate Bill 130 and were put together through a variety of open meetings among interested parties. A subsequent review and approval by the Commercial Dog Breeders Advisory Board, which has three DVMs in its composition, followed. TodayÕs administrative hearing will be followed in the near future with a hearing before the LegislatureÕs Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

OVMA’s Zimmerman appointed to livestock board

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OVMA Member Dr. Ryan Zimmerman of Fremont, Ohio, has been appointed to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to fill the vacancy previously held by Dr. Leon Weaver. Dr. Zimmerman previously assisted the Livestock Care Standards Board as chair of an Equine Subcommittee developing proposed rules. He serves on the OVMA Board of Directors andÊwas OVMA President in 2012.

OVMA has moved!

moving Beginning May 6, OVMA’s new contact information is as follows: Mailing Address:Ê 1472 Manning Parkway Powell, Ohio 43065 (map) Phone Number:Ê 614.436.1300 Fax Number:Ê 614.436.1301 Our Web site, toll-free number, and e-mail addresses are all the same.

OVMA speaks out against governor’s plan to tax veterinary services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 6, 2013 — In response to the new state budget bill, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Executive Director Jack Advent will testify today against the addition of a sales tax to veterinary services. Previously exempt, veterinarians, along with many other service providers, now face charging sales tax to their clients if the bill passes. 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

OAHF Board approves funding for wild animal relocation efforts

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The Ohio Animal Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved funding and a plan to assist with relocation efforts of wild animals currently in Ohio. With an initial $30,000 in funds committed, the OAHF is looking to award grants with established non-profit sanctuaries who can house and care for animals that need to be moved as a result of Senate Bill 310. The grant guidelines stipulate that assistance can be requested for relocation, housing, veterinary care and general care and feeding of species needing a new sanctuary home as a result of owners relinquishing their animals under Ohio’s new law. Complete grant guidelines can be found at http://oahf.org/grants.html, and those wishing to add needed resources to the Foundation’s initial funding commitment can make a donation of any amount at the Web site by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.

Responsible pet ownership the focus of OVMA radio commercial

During the holiday gift-giving season, it is not uncommon for well-meaning animal lovers to give pets as presents. Although veterinarians know this is usually not a good idea, many people fail to consider all aspects of responsible pet ownership before getting or giving a pet. As part of its public outreach campaign, OVMA is airing educational commercials on ONN radio stations across the state. The fourth and final commercial of 2012 will air in December and deal with responsible pet ownership. OVMA invites members toÊlink to the commercialÊfrom their Web sites and social media profiles to help educate their clients about the responsibilities that come with owning an animal. Read more

OVMA testifies in support of wild and dangerous animal legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, OHIO _ MARCH 22, 2012 Ð The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) testified yesterday in support of Senate Bill 310, which would regulate the ownership of dangerous and wild animals in Ohio. The OVMA has long advocated that the private ownership of certain species should either be prohibited or significantly restricted, a policy in line with that of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 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

OVMA’s Observer wins silver award in national media contest

The OVMA's newsletter, The Observer, has been given a Silver Award from Association TRENDS, which sponsors an annual media contest for associations across the country.

Bethesda, MD (Dec. 22, 2011) ÑÊThe Ohio Veterinary Medical Association has been honored with a Silver Award in the Most Improved Magazine or Journal category of Association TRENDSÕ 2011 All-Media Contest. It was one of more than 450 entries in the association publications contest. “We are extremely pleased to be considered one of the country’s top association publications,”Êsaid Communications Director Krysten Pyles. “We have worked diligently to improveÊThe Observerand it is a great honor to be recognizedÊalongside so many respected state and national associations.” Read more

OVMA renews call for limitations on private ownership of dangerous animals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 19, 2011 Ð The unfortunate events involving the release of wild and dangerous animals in Muskingum County serves as a reminder that OhioÕs absence of meaningful regulation of exotic animals needs to be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) supports legislative and regulatory efforts to restrict private ownership of indigenous and non-native wild animals that pose a significant risk to public health, domestic animal health or the ecosystem, as well as those species whose welfare is unacceptably compromised. The possession of exotic and dangerous animals by private individuals presents a clear risk to public safety, as well as unnecessarily compromising animal welfare. OhioÕs veterinary community will continue to work with state entities to advance appropriate restrictions on exotic animal ownership in an expeditious manner.  

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 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMAÕs principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine. Learn more about the OVMA and access a wealth of animal health resources online atÊwww.ohiovma.org.

Celebrate National Pet Wellness Month by taking your pet to the vet

October is National Pet Wellness Month Ñ a reminder to ensure your pet's health by taking him to the vet!

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Speak Up for Your Pet by Taking Them to the Vet!

Pets, just like people, need regular physical check-ups from their doctor. Your veterinarian is an expert on pet wellness and disease prevention. October is National Pet Wellness Month, a perfect time to ensure your petÕs health by talking to your veterinarian about regular exams, disease prevention and pet health insurance. Read more

World Rabies Day: Awareness is the Best Defense against Rabies

Even though it is 100 percent preventable, rabies still claims the lives of more than 55,000 people around the world each year. Though the majority of these deaths are outside the U.S., there have recently been reports of rabies deaths close to home. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that three people in the United States have died from rabies in the past year [view article]: In August, a U.S. soldier contracted the virus, presumably while deployed in Afghanistan, and later died. Also this summer, a Mexican migrant worker died from a vampire bat rabies virus variant. In late 2010, a Wisconsin man was admitted to the hospital and by the time doctors were able to determine it was rabies that was making him sick, it was too late. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is joining organizations around the globe in support of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, an annual event created to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. World Rabies Day reinforces the message that although rabies is a preventable disease, it still kills thousands of people and pets worldwide needlessly each year. Read more

Is your cash cow getting a little thin? Apply for an OVMA scholarship!

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Feed your cash cow! Apply for an OVMA scholarship.

The OVMA invites all Student Members to apply for the second annual Leadership in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, established to acknowledge and advance the importance of organized veterinary medicine at all stages of a veterinarianÕs career. The scholarship, a $500 awardÊpaid directly to OSUÕs office of Fees and Deposits, is only available to current OSU College of Veterinary Medicine students in good academic standing who are also Student Members of the OVMA. To learn more and to apply for the 2011 award, please visit the Student Section of the OVMA website. The deadline for application is Oct. 3, 2011. Questions? Send us an email.

OVMA announces fall education programs

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Don't miss out on OVMA's fall CE programs!

The OVMA has just announced its Fall Education Program lineup, which will kick off on Sept. 28.ÊCourses will cover Ohio sales and use tax regulations, professional use of social media, how to develop an effective veterinary team, and OSHA and record keeping. Both OVMA Members, their staffs and non-members are welcome to attend, but due to space restrictions, interested individuals are encouraged to register early for the following courses: Read more

Visit the OVMA veterinary center at the State Fair

This calf was born at the 2010 Ohio State Fair.

The OVMA invites all Fair-goers to stop by the Veterinary Education & Birthing Center, located in the Wick Pavilion at the Ohio State Fair. OVMA members and students will be on site to answer questions, and live demonstrations will be taking place Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors will even have a chance to witness a live birth. Dr. Yardley of the Feeder Creek Veterinary Clinic will be tweeting live at the fair and posting pictures of the animals. Follow Feeder Creek on TwitterÊand stay tuned to the OVMA Twitter feed as well for updates.

OVMA member volunteers will once again offer live demos.

The fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 7. For more details, visit the Ohio State Fair website.

Take extra precautions to protect Fido during the dog days of summer

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Keeping your dog cool and hydrated on those hot summer days protects him from potentially fatal heat stroke.

During the hot summer months, stories about pets being left outside or in hot cars by their owners unfortunately become almost commonplace on the evening news. Although it seems like common sense, having a fur coat prevents your dog from sweating like you do to cool down, so leaving him in high temperatures for extended periods of time can cause serious damage or, worse yet, be fatal. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association strongly advises animal owners to take extra precautions with their pets on hot, sunny days this summer by following these crucial instructions. Read more

Bring home a shelter cat this month for Adopt a Cat Month

Adopt a Cat Month Spring is typically thought of as the time for new beginnings: fresh flowers bloom, the sunshine returns, and baby animals are everywhere you look. Despite the fact that Ohio, and the United States in general, is experiencing a problem with pet overpopulation, new animals are born every day – but not all of them have homes. Read more

Proper identification can help bring your lost pet home

COLUMBUS, OHIO Ñ MARCH 28, 2011 Ñ Anyone who has lost a pet knows that responsible pet ownership requires more than food, water and shelter. As part of American Humane AssociationÕs annual Every Day is Tag Day on April 2, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encourages pet owners this week to outfit their animals with an updated ID tag and microchip. Read more

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