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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.

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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OVMA has moved!

Beginning May 6, OVMA’s new contact information is as follows:

Mailing Address: 
1472 Manning Parkway
Powell, Ohio 43065 (map)

Phone Number: 

Fax Number: 

Our Web site, toll-free number, and e-mail addresses are all the same.

2013 MVC attendance highest since 2009

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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OVMA speaks out against governor’s plan to tax veterinary services


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.

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Haines steps up as president of Ohio VMA; former Public Health Veterinarian honored

Dr. Patricia Haines accepts the gavel of the OVMA president from Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

Dr. Patricia Haines accepts the gavel of the OVMA president from Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

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.”

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OAHF Board approves funding for wild animal relocation efforts

OAHF logoThe Ohio Animal Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved funding and a plan to assist with relocation efforts of wild animals currently in Ohio. With an initial $30,000 in funds committed, the OAHF is looking to award grants with established non-profit sanctuaries who can house and care for animals that need to be moved as a result of Senate Bill 310.

The grant guidelines stipulate that assistance can be requested for relocation, housing, veterinary care and general care and feeding of species needing a new sanctuary home as a result of owner’s relinquishing their animals under  Ohio’s new law. Complete grant guidelines can be found at, and those wishing to add needed resources to the Foundation’s initial funding commitment can make a donation of any amount at the Web site by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.