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Veterinarian-Broadview Heights, OH

Apple Hill Veterinary Hospital – Broadview Heights, OH has an exciting opportunity for an associate veterinarian to join our AAHA-accredited practice. We offer outstanding dental care, nutritional counseling, a traveling board certified surgeon and a great work-life balance with no emergency call hours. Our hospital sits on beautiful grounds with picturesque gardens for both clients and staff to enjoy. This is a great opportunity for both experienced and new graduates alike. An associate who can help us reach our client base with newest advances in social media would be ideal. We reward our veterinarians with superior salary, and benefits including health, 401(k), CE, vacation, dues, liability coverage, and more. Please contact Cheri Matushevski, at

Technician students invited to apply for 5 for 5 scholarship

5for5-logo-RGBDuring the OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, $5 from every technician registration is set aside for a scholarship fund for technician students. In 2014, the OVMA will award five $500 scholarships to technician students at four Ohio colleges.

To be eligible for one of five $500 scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:

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Workshop to cover proper drug use on farms

cowFood animal veterinarians are invited to a one-day seminar on April 24 to learn how hazard analysis and critical points control (HACCP) can guide on-farm drug use. In cooperation with the Wisconsin VMA, OVMA will present a proven, six-step plan for proper drug use on dairy and beef cattle operations. During this one-day workshop, you will be provided with skills and tool sets that will allow you to better serve your clients in the food production system.

To learn more about the workshop and to register, and to see what other seminars are being offered, please visit the OVMA Workshops & One-Day Programs page.

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

Koncal assumes role of president of Ohio VMA; Knapp named Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Patricia Haines passes the gavel of the OVMA President on to Dr. David Koncal.

Dr. Patricia Haines passes the gavel of the OVMA President on to Dr. David Koncal.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 27, 2014 — Dr. David Koncal of Northfield was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. Patricia Haines passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Koncal.

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Fore Animals Classic draws record numbers

IMG_7238-webThe 2013 Fore Animals Classic raised a record $9,200 to be donated to important animal care and well-being programs supported by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. These includes recent efforts to relocate displaced Ohio wild and dangerous animals to sanctuaries, shelter educational programs and animal care and housing research.

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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.

Today’s administrative hearing will be followed in the near future with a hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

OVMA past president passes away unexpectedly

Dr. Robert Montgomery

It is with great sadness we report Dr. Robert “Bob” Montgomery of New Philadelphia passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 28. Dr. Montgomery was a past OVMA president and served Ohio with distinction as its AVMA Delegate for several years. He was a partner in the Town & Country Veterinary Clinic since 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, two children and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

More information can be found at the following:

OVMA extends its sympathies and prayers to Dr. Montgomery’s family and colleagues.

OVMA’s Zimmerman appointed to livestock board

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

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 and was OVMA President in 2012.

State budget passes sans sales tax on services expansion

Taxes on veterinary services were removed from the Legislature-approved state budget bill, but will the issue reappear in the future?

Taxes on veterinary services were removed from the Legislature-approved state budget bill, but will the issue reappear in the future?

Late last week, the Ohio legislature gave its final approval of the new state biennial budget bill, signed on Sunday by the governor. The 5,300-plus-page bill covering more than $60 billion in state expenditures makes numerous changes, including ones in state tax policy. Notably the tax changes do not include an expansion in the state sales tax to a variety of professional services, including those for veterinary medicine.

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