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Winners of “Zoobiquity” raffle announced

SundayLunch-ZoobiquityCoverEveryone 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:

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OVMA’s new building offers more space, convenient location

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The OVMA’s new headquarters located in Powell, Ohio, will offer more space for volunteer activities and easy highway access.

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.

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Responsible pet ownership the focus of OVMA radio commercial

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.

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OAHF golf tournament raises nearly $7,000

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Drs. Ryan Zimmerman, OVMA President, (left) and Gary Thompson joined OAHF for a round of golf on Sept. 12.

Fore Animals Classic

OVMA Immediate Past President Dr. Linda Lord scored the longest drive among the women players.

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
  • MedVet
  • 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
  • MWI
  • Elanco
  • 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.
  • OVMA

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.