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Volunteers have always been the core strength and driving force of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. The OVMA offers a broad spectrum of volunteer opportunities in which you can contribute to your professional community. Each committee represents one facet of the OVMA philosophy: lifelong learning, stewardship, compassion and community.

Find your interest, your passion, your skill, and then join your colleagues in making a difference. Not only will veterinary medicine benefit, but so too will you expand your network of colleagues, your knowledge, and the sense that you are together capable of something far greater.


Association Operations

Board of Directors: To serve on the OVMA Board, you must be elected by the membership at large or within a given geographic district. The Board is comprised of 27 members: Eight officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, AVMA Delegate, AVMA Alternate Delegate, and Immediate Past President),nine District Representatives, and three At-Large Directors.

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The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors is comprised of Officers who are elected by the membership at large or appointed by the President, and District Representatives who are elected by members in a defined geographic region of the State. The duties of each Officer are
covered in a general sense in the Association’s By-Laws.

District Representatives responsibilities include:

  • As appropriate and feasible, work with Local Associations in the District to report on OVMA activities and solicit input from the general membership. To promote this interaction, regular attendance at local meetings in the District is requested.
  • Reporting pertinent local activities to the Board in a written report. Activities that warrant possible involvement of the OVMA or reflect an issue that affects the profession should be reported orally at meetings of the Board. Whenever possible the general issue involved in such oral reports should be conveyed in advance to the OVMA office so it can be placed on the agenda for proper attention and consideration.
  • Assist to the extent possible Association efforts to properly identify members within the Representative’s District who may have moved in or out of the area, have retired, or are possible candidates for membership.
  • Assist the President in contacting local VMAs regarding attending a local meeting.

The entire Board (Officers and District Representatives) is the principle and highest governing body of the Association. The collective Board essentially fulfills three roles:

  1. The "corporate" role includes overseeing the services and resources of the organization, overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan and employing the executive director.
  2. The "legislative" role includes establishing official positions on issues of interest and concern to the profession. From an internal perspective this role also relates to establishing operational policies.
  3. The "adjudicatory" role involves the Board's choosing between positions presented and/or crafts an alternative resolution.

In fulfilling these three roles, Board members are asked to:

  • Put forth a good faith effort to attend meetings of the Board and review background materials in advance.
  • Maintain a general knowledge and understanding of the Association’s Core Purpose and current Strategic Plan.
  • Recognize the Board’s fiduciary role by reviewing financial statements and requesting an annual review or audit.
  • Assist the President in annually evaluating the Executive Director.
  • Be generally aware of programs and services the Association is engaged in. Approve the addition of major new programs and services.
  • Annually review and approve an operating budget for the Association.
  • Ask for progress reports and generally hold accountable committees, individual volunteers, and staff for projects and assignments conveyed to them.
  • Approve operational policies as circumstances warrant them.
  • Oversee and approve/disapprove/ modify the actions of OVMA Committees, Task Forces and Work Groups.
  • Prevent the occurrence of conflicts of interest whereby individual interest
    supplants the interest of the Association.
  • Adhere to the legally recognized concepts of “duty of care, loyalty and obedience.”
  • Refrain from any discussions or actions which may be inconsistent with anti-trust statutes.
  • Periodically discuss emerging issues within the profession and society, exploring ways in which the Association might serve the membership and public relative to those trends.
  • Request additional information or clarification from staff whenever you believe it necessary to make an informed decision.

Finance/Audit Committee: Develops operating budgets and fiscal policy. Reviews and makes recommendations on member service issues.

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Lifelong Learning

Education Committee: A series of sub-committees that develop educational programming for the Midwest Veterinary Conference and OVMA one-day programs.

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Student Activities Committee: Coordinates and explores avenues for supporting veterinary students personal and professional development. Oversees student membership. Fosters cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Confidential Assistance Group: Assists veterinarians with personal challenges relating to impairment.

Peer Review Committee: Investigates and seeks to resolve concerns between clients and veterinarians that principally reflect breakdowns in communication. 

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Diversity Committee: Promotes opportunities for inclusion and awareness within the veterinary profession relative to our commonality and our differences; seeks to create an organizational environment where diversity is valued, explored and respected.

Food Animal Committee: Looks at scientific issues in food animal production, opportunities for increasing veterinary student awareness of large animal medicine as a career choice, and ways to enhance productive relationships with agricultural organizations.

Legislative Committee: Reviews proposed legislation and regulatory changes that impact the veterinary profession. Makes recommendations as to public policy positions for the organization.

Public Education Committee: Develops programs to educate the public on various aspects of the veterinary profession and animal care. Promotes a sense of community within the profession. Focuses on public education materials relating to zoonotic diseases and other public health concerns.

State Fair Committee: Works with various entities in providing meaningful public education demonstrations and materials relative to food animal veterinary medicine and rural animal experiences at the Ohio State Fair.

Career Resources Task Force: Explores ways in which OVMA can make current members and students aware of career options and avenues.

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