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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

Having your pet spayed or neutered benefits you, your pet and your community

COLUMBUS, OHIO Ñ FEB. 9, 2011 Ñ Six to eight million animals are cared for in animal shelters across the country each year, the Humane Society of the United States estimates. Of these, only half of these animals are adopted, while the remainder are euthanized. The problem is overwhelming, but there is one simple solution that can make it more manageable. In recognition of National Spay/Neuter Month, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their animals. Having your pets “fixed” will, in the long run, reduce pet overpopulation, as well as improving many behavior problems and it may even help animals live longer, healthier lives. Read more

Keeping your pets’ teeth clean improves overall health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, OHIO Ñ FEB. 1, 2011 Ñ We are all aware of the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves. But how many of us know that it is just as important for our pets? Good oral health has a direct impact on good overall health. While this is important all year round, this month is a reminder to take good care of your pets’ teeth, as February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among adult dogs and cats. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age 3 (American Veterinary Dental Society). Left unchecked, plaque and subsequent tartar accumulation progresses to infection, destroys the gums, results in the loss of the periodontal structures and ultimately loss of teeth. Worse yet, severe periodontal disease can result in systemic disease, affecting the kidneys, heart muscle and liver.   Read more

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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OVMA joins AVMA, AABP in opposing routine tail docking of cattle

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the routine tail docking of cattle at its Oct. 27 meeting. The decision followed a thoughtful review and discussion of information from the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the policy statement of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Read more

OVMA selects Scipioni as recipient of leadership award

Catherine Scipioni has been selected as the recipient of the 2010-11 OVMA Leadership in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor Immediate Past President Dr. John Weale and his contributions to the organization. It recognizes one OVMA Student Member who exhibits strong leadership skills and a passion for veterinary medicine. Read more

National awareness week recognizes contributions of veterinary technicians

National Veterinary Technician Week has been an annual National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) tradition beginning in 1993. The annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved in this care. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration. Read more

Rabies awareness day a reminder to take precautions

COLUMBUS, OHIO Ñ SEPT. 27, 2010 Ñ Not long ago, intense media attention to the avian, swine and canine influenza viruses caused widespread panic across the globe. At one time, the rabies virus received as much attention, but in recent decades, Old Yeller is long forgotten and the panic over rabies has died down.However, rabies is alive and well. It is easy to contract and has the highest case-fatality rate of any infectious disease, annually killing more than 55,000 people around the world. Read more

Hold your horses! Before purchasing a horse, the OVMA recommends planning, commitment.

COLUMBUS, OHIO ÑÊAUG. 2, 2010 Ñ You and your family have just returned from the Ohio State Fair, and the kids are begging for a horse, just like the ones they saw in the junior horse competitions. Suddenly, they have an intense desire to learn how to ride. Sound familiar? Every child dreams about being given a horse, but the decision to bring one home is much more complicated than simply indulging these wishes. Owning a horse involves extensive research beforehand, lots of planning, providing veterinary care and a commitment from the entire family. Read more

Traveling with your pet this weekend? Be sure to prepare your pet for the ride with these simple steps.

COLUMBUS, OHIO ÑÊJULY 2, 2010 ÑÊThe July Fourth holiday marks one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. If you’re heading out on vacation with your family and bringing Fido along for the ride (if he’s healthy enough to make the trip, of course), the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) recommends you follow these suggestions to make sure both you and your pet enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday weekend. Read more

OVMA commends animal welfare agreement

COLUMBUS, OHIO Ñ JULY 1, 2010 Ñ The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) commends the efforts of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Humane Society of the United States, and livestock organizations to reach a consensus on important animal care and well-being issues. The evolving nature of animal welfare discussions in Ohio were advanced by these dialogues. Read more

OVMA responds to footage from Plain City dairy farm

The organization Mercy For Animals today released footage from an undercover investigation at Plain City-based Conklin Dairy Farms. The video, recorded over the past month, depicts numerous acts of animal cruelty by several farm employees, including owner Gary Conklin. Read more

OVMA testifies in support of House Bill 79

OVMA member and former state representative Dr. Shawn Webster testified in support of Ohio House Bill 79 on Wednesday, April 14. The bill would remove pit bulls as automatically being deemed vicious under Ohio law at birth simply because of their breed. Read more

Weight loss should be pet’s New Year’s resolution, too

COLUMBUS, OHIO — DEC. 16, 2009 — ‘Tis the season for you to start thinking about your resolution for 2010. Perhaps one of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight — a goal that your pet could benefit from, too. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association recommends talking with your veterinarian to create a weight loss plan for your cat or dog.

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