Archive for Students

Winners of free lab registration announced!

As a bonus to its Student Members, OVMA recently held a contest for a free hands-on lab registration to the 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference. The following Student Members were drawn to attend these labs free of charge:

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Livestock care standards go into effect today

Ohio’s livestock care rules will become effective today when Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer signs off on them at a special ceremony in Fort Recovery. The establishment of these comprehensive livestock care standards was required by Ohio’s constitution following the passage of State Issue 2 in 2009.

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Is your cash cow getting a little thin? Apply for an OVMA scholarship!

Cash Cow

Feed your cash cow! Apply for an OVMA scholarship.

The OVMA invites all Student Members to apply for the second annual Leadership in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, established to acknowledge and advance the importance of organized veterinary medicine at all stages of a veterinarian’s career.

The scholarship, a $500 award paid directly to OSU’s office of Fees and Deposits, is only available to current OSU College of Veterinary Medicine students in good academic standing who are also Student Members of the OVMA.

To learn more and to apply for the 2011 award, please visit the Student Section of the OVMA website. The deadline for application is Oct. 3, 2011.

Questions? Send us an email.

USDA announces Oct. 1 as deadline to participate in accreditation program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced to the public that veterinarians who are currently accredited in the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) may continue to perform accredited duties and may elect to continue to participate in the NVAP until Oct. 1, 2011.

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Charitable Deduction Allowed for Unreimbursed Expenses For Care of Feral Cats

Stray cat

Certain out-of-pocket expenses acquired while caring for stray animals have been OK’ed as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

A recently publicized case allowed a taxpayer to deduct her out-of-pocket costs incurred in caring for fostered animals as a charitable contribution deduction (Van Dusen v. Commissioner, Dec. 58,642, 136 TC No. 25). The costs allowed by the court included veterinary care, pet supplies and household utilities. The court determined a portion of the claimed costs were indeed related to the taxpayer’s volunteer work with qualified section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

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OVMA establishes program to benefit students

5 for 5 for the FutureAs part of its growing student outreach efforts, the OVMA recently created 5 for 5 for the Future, an initiative aimed at raising money for student scholarships and programs.

The initiative, approved by the OVMA Board of Directors at its June meeting, will set aside $5 from every Midwest Veterinary Conference registration for the next five years into a fund to support veterinary and technician student scholarships and programs.

The OVMA estimates that this program will raise $17,500 in revenue each year, for a total nearing $90,000 over the five-year period.


AVMA requests assistance in defeating small animal prescription writing legislation

Federal legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives which would significantly impact prescribing practices of veterinarians. H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, was introduced by Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE-2) on April 6th and referred to the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.

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AVMA responds to videotape of farm animal abuse in Texas

The following is the American Veterinary Medical Association’s response to undercover footage released by Mercy For Animals depicting abuse of farm animals at E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas.

April 28, 2011

It seems that every few months another undercover video is released by an animal rights organization showing abuse of animals on a farm or in a processing facility. Typically, when these abuses come to light, the AVMA condemns the behavior and encourages full prosecution of those responsible for the abuse. This is what we did following the release of the latest such video, which showed the horrifying abuse of calves at a cattle farm in Texas.

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Livestock board returns “turn around” language to veal standard

Following extensive public comment and a fair amount of controversy, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has reinserted language in proposed veal standards to stipulate that after Dec. 31, 2017, calves which are housed individually must be able to turn around. Additionally, after Dec. 31, 2017, tethering of veal calves will only be allowed to restrain a calf for examination, transit, treatment or as an intervention for naval cross-sucking.

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Join the OVMA for our annual MVC Preview Lunch tomorrow at noon

Students, learn more about one of the nation’s LARGEST vet conferences, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, and how you can be a part of making it great. Join OVMA for the MVC Preview Lunch TOMORROW at noon on campus! The OVMA will bring registration programs and lots of information on how students can attend the event for FREE and what volunteering opportunities are available.

When: Thursday, Jan. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium
Cost: FREE!