Koncal assumes role of president of Ohio VMA; Knapp named Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Patricia Haines passes the gavel of the OVMA President on to Dr. David Koncal.

Dr. Patricia Haines passes the gavel of the OVMA President on to Dr. David Koncal.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 27, 2014 — Dr. David Koncal of Northfield was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. Patricia Haines passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Koncal.

Dr. David Koncal expresses what he hopes to accomplish as OVMA president.

Dr. David Koncal expresses what he hopes to accomplish as OVMA president.

“OVMA leadership has a long history of excellence, and I feel a humble honor to pursue a greater role in that history,” Dr. Koncal said.

Dr. Koncal’s one-year term officially begins on March 1, and he will lead the OVMA’s 20-member Board of Directors, the governing body which guides the Association’s policies, resources and future strategies.

A companion animal practitioner at Northfield Vet Clinic, Dr. Koncal has becoming increasingly involved in the OVMA since he first joined upon graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1971.  He is a longtime OVMA Board member, an active participant in the Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine, a 25-year member of his township’s zoning board, has served on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, and chaired the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council of Public Relations.

Dr. Robert Knapp was named the 2013 Veterinarian of the Year.

In addition to the passing of the gavel, Dr. Robert Knapp of Columbus was recognized with the OVMA’s highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year award.

“As a third-generation practitioner, this individual has continued his family’s legacy by dedicating his entire life to the care of animals,” Dr. Haines said in presenting the award.

A member of the OVMA Board of Directors, Dr. Knapp serves as the Ohio representative to the AVMA, as well as having previously held the position of president. He is a frequent legislative advocate for Ohio veterinarians on state and federal issues affecting the profession, and is an active member of the OSU alumni society. He owns Knapp Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, where he is a small animal practitioner.

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ABOUT THE OVMA

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,500 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
Krysten Pyles, Communications Director
1472 Manning Pkwy.
Powell, Ohio 43065
614.436.1300 / 800.662.OVMA
kdp@ohiovma.org
www.ohiovma.org

 

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