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.”
The 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 http://oahf.org/grants.html, 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.
Everyone who registered for the 2013 Midwest Veterinary Conference before Dec. 31 was entered in a raffle to win a copy of Zoobiquity, the topic of this year’s Sunday Lunch. The following individuals were randomly selected as winners:
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association has just purchased a new office building, located north of Columbus in Powell, Ohio. The building will offer expanded space for volunteer activities.
During the holiday gift-giving season, it is not uncommon for well-meaning animal lovers to give pets as presents. Although veterinarians know this is usually not a good idea, many people fail to consider all aspects of responsible pet ownership before getting or giving a pet.
As part of its public outreach campaign, OVMA is airing educational commercials on ONN radio stations across the state. The fourth and final commercial of 2012 will air in December and deal with responsible pet ownership. OVMA invites members to link to the commercial from their Web sites and social media profiles to help educate their clients about the responsibilities that come with owning an animal.
Wednesday marked the fifth annual Ohio Animal Health Foundation’s Fore Animals Classic. Fifty-six players joined OAHF at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury, raising nearly $7,000 for animal-related projects and research.
Congratulations to our prize winners at the 2012 Fore Animals Classic:
- First place team – Foresight Veterinary Services
- Second place team – Knapp Veterinary Hospital
- Third place team – Tharp Animal Health Care Center
- Long drive women – Linda Lord
- Long drive men – Ryan Ballard
- Proximity – Joe Shaw
- Longest putt – Brad Wentz
Thank you to all of our sponsors:
- Summit County VMA
- Alterra Real Estate
- Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
- Summit County VMA
- The Cat Company
- Hummel Pet Crematory
- Kate Raymond & Michelle Krocker
- Dr. Dave Bauman
- Tharp Animal Health Care Center
- Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
- Southgate Veterinary Clinic
- Gateway Animal Clinic
- Animal Care Hospital of Reynoldsburg
- Knapp Veterinary Hospital
- Horizon Animal Hospital
- Geo. Fern Co.
- Spectrum Surgical
- Arlington Bank
- Beau Townsend Ford
- Greater Columbus Convention Center
- Dr. Len Tinney
- Foresight Veterinary Services
Prize Donations Provided by:
- Golf Galaxy
- Hyatt Columbus
- Hampton Inn Columbus
- The Cleveland Browns
- Geo. Fern Co.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an Institute of the CDC, has developed a Web page on Veterinary Safety and Health. The main Web page and its linked sub-pages contain a compilation of information and resources about hazard prevention and infection control, and physical, chemical, biological, and other hazards to veterinary personnel. The new site may be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/veterinary/.
As a result of the weekend’s severe weather, the OVMA office is without Internet access and air conditioning. As such, please be aware that we may be operating under shortened hours until these issues are resolved. Until then, we will have limited access to email but will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. If you need immediate assistance, you may contact us by phone at 614.486.7253; if we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work toward resolving these issues.