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NIOSH launches veterinary safety & health website

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/.

OVMA affected by recent severe weather

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.

OVMA to relocate to temporary office

Due to the fire that damaged the OVMA office, the staff will be relocating temporarily to a new office, located at:

3300 Riverside Drive
Suite 125
Columbus OH 43221

The phone number will remain 614.486.7253 / 800.866.OVMA, and the post office will be forwarding our mail.

We anticipate being in this location for three months while our building is undergoing repairs. We also expect to be reachable by phone beginning Friday, June 8. Until then, please contact us by e-mail and we will be answer as soon as we are able.

Thank you again for your understanding.

House approves wild & dangerous animal bill

The Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310, the dangerous and wild animal bill, Tuesday afternoon by an 87-9 vote. The Senate subsequently concurred in House amendments in its session yesterday, sending the bill to Gov. Kasich for signature. The law will go into effect 90 days after being signed, and 60 days after that, owners of species of wild and dangerous animals and dangerous snakes will be required to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Wild & dangerous animal legislation passes through House committee

After incorporating several amendments, SB 310 passed out of House Agriculture Committee last night by a 17-4 vote (Boose, Buchy, Damschroder, and Hagan).

Amendments include:

  • Lower registration fees
  • Creating an wild animal emergency response commission
  • Allowing for municipal ordinances to adopt stricter regulations than the state
  • Prohibiting the ODA Director from adding additional animals to the list in the future without the approval of the Ohio General Assembly
  • Stipulating that owners of pygmy, white-tufted-ear, silvery and black penciled marmosets; squirrel monkeys; brown, white-faced, weeping and white-fronted capuchins; and lemurs must register their animal and abide by care guidelines. They would not be subject to fees or any other prohibitions or provisions of the bill including new ownership of the same.

The full House is expected to act on the bill next week, after which it will be sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

Diamond Pet dog food linked to human salmonella infections

Fifteen human cases of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from nine states, including two in Ohio. A number of these infections have been linked to multiple brands of dry dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

For more information on what to do if you suspect an animal has been infected with Salmonella, visit the CDC’s resource pages for veterinarians and pet owners.

OVMA testifies in support of wild and dangerous animal legislation

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COLUMBUS, OHIO − MARCH 22, 2012 – The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) testified yesterday in support of Senate Bill 310, which would regulate the ownership of dangerous and wild animals in Ohio. The OVMA has long advocated that the private ownership of certain species should either be prohibited or significantly restricted, a policy in line with that of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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MVC attendance highest in three years

Attendance from the 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference shows increases in both the core audience and overall attendance in comparison with the 2010 and 2011 Conferences.

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OVMA names Glauer 2011 Ohio Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Dave Glauer, former State Veterinarian and technical writer for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, was recognized with the OVMA's highest honor, Veterinarian of the Year.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Former State Veterinarian David Glauer was recently recognized with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year Award. This award, presented by OVMA’s outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord, recognizes one individual for outstanding contributions, dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the community and the animal kingdom.

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OVMA recognizes Winsley, Shriver, Washington for contributions to veterinary medicine


Bill Winsley, former executive director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, was honored with the OVMA Special Achievement Award.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Three local individuals were recognized by Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord for their contributions to veterinary medicine and the community during awards ceremonies at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), Feb. 23-26.

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