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