The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of an increasing number of dogs with questionable documentation of prior rabies vaccination. The dogs are being imported into the United States from rabies-endemic countries.
- are sold online by independent sellers or in pet stores.
- are adopted through both U.S. and international sources.
- may be purebred, hybrid, or mixed breeds; distributors may claim to have or may even provide breed registration papers.
- may be incorrectly identified as having been born and raised in the United States.
The 2014 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a five-year record of nearly 6,000 veterinary professionals, with a notable increase in veterinarian attendance.
|Hospital Staff/Other Prof
|Exhibit Hall Only
|Veterinary Exploration Conference
|Students: Veterinary & Technician
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.
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.
More information can be found at the following:
OVMA extends its sympathies and prayers to Dr. Montgomery’s family and colleagues.
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.
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.
Beginning May 6, OVMA’s new contact information is as follows:
1472 Manning Parkway
Powell, Ohio 43065 (map)
Our Web site, toll-free number, and e-mail addresses are all the same.
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.