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More dogs being imported with questionable rabies documentation, CDC says

growling dogThe 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.

Imported dogs

  • 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.

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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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Public Health Hot Topic: Cache Valley-like virus detected in Ohio sheep flocks

The ADDL has recently seen a group of reproductive failure cases in eight sheep flocks and possibly in a single cattle herd between January 10 – 28,  2014 that have been confirmed by NVSL to be either Cache Valley Virus (CVV) or a closely related Bunyamwera virus. Affected flocks were from 4 counties in eastern and southern Ohio (Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Perry), 2 flocks in Seneca county and one from northern West Virginia (Ritchie county).

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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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ODA working to identify cause of severe dog illness

Ohio Department of Agriculture working to identify cause of dog illnesses; state enlisting help of Ohio veterinarians to identify and combat disease

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses in the state. The department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are suffering from the same disease.

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Do you participate in BWC’s Group Rating Program?

OVMA Members who participate in BWC’s Group Rating Program, please read the following information regarding safety accountability:

2013 Group Rating Safety Accountability Letter

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.