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