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OVMA president honors Columbus veterinarians, passes gavel to successor at annual conference

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 2, 2018 – Columbus veterinarian Dr. Rustin Moore has been named the 2017 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award, considered the Association’s most prestigious honor, was presented by outgoing OVMA President Dr. Tod Beckett during a special awards ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, Feb. 22 to 25.

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Veterinary field contributes billions to Ohio economy, study finds

Veterinary medicine contributes $13 billion annually in direct and supporting services to Ohio’s economy, according to a recent economic study. The findings are from a 2017 analysis by Regionomics, LLC, which researched veterinary medicine’s impact in economic activity and employment contributions to the Buckeye State.

The study, a collaborative effort between the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), found that veterinary services in Ohio contribute $2.4 billion in direct economic output while sustaining more than 23,000 jobs. Support of animal-related industries, including agricultural production, reflects an additional $10.6 billion in annual economic activity.

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ODA reports multiple H3N2 cases in Ohio

sick as a dogVeterinarians have submitted multiple cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2 to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) in the last few weeks. Currently centered in Columbus, many cases are dogs that have been exposed to other dogs at boarding or daycare facilities.

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OAHF golf outing pulls in more than $9,000

Blue skies and mild temperatures again favored the OAHF Fore Animals Classic, held on Sept. 20 at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury. Sixty golfers teed it up to raise funds for the Foundation’s animal care efforts, pulling in just under $9,500.

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OVMA members needed for fair exhibit

The OVMA is pleased to yet again sponsor the Veterinary Education Center at the Ohio State Fair. This exhibit gives fairgoers the exciting opportunity to witness the live birth of a calf and ask questions of an experienced professional – YOU!

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MVC attendance breaks 6,000 for second year in a row

Attendance numbers for the 2017 Midwest Veterinary Conference show a significant increase in technician and student attendance over the past several years. Although overall attendance was slightly lower than 2016’s record breaker, it is still notably higher than prior years, reflecting a steady increase in attendance over the past seven years.

Attendance Category 2015 2016 2017
Veterinarians 1,665 1,899 1,628
Technicians 1,509 1,418 1,535
Hospital/Shelter Staff & Other Professionals 528 660 626
Core Audience 3,702 3,977 3,789
Students: Pre-Vet, Tech, Veterinary 700 690 817
Exhibitors 935 1,271 905
Exhibit Hall Visitors 98 206 155
Veterinary Exploration Conference 49 214 195
Spouse/Guest 184 48 193
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5,668 6,406 6,054


OVMA names Veterinarian of the Year, new president assumes role

OVMA outgoing President Dr. Scott Pendleton presents Dr. Linda Lord with the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year Award.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 6, 2017 – Columbus veterinarian Dr. Linda Lord has been named the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award, considered the Association’s highest honor, was presented by outgoing OVMA President Dr. Scott Pendleton during a special award ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

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OAHF golf outing raises most money in 3 years


This year’s Fore Animals Classic fundraiser brought in nearly $9,000 in funds for animal-related research and projects—a 20 percent increase over 2015. The ninth annual event, hosted by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, drew 56 participants to Bent Tree Golf Club on Sept. 21.

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ODA confirms West Nile in Tuscarawas horse

REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO — SEPT. 16, 2016 — The first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an Ohio horse has been confirmed in 2016.

Testing on samples taken from a seven‐year‐old Standardbred in Tuscarawas County confirmed the positive WNV diagnosis to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sept. 12. The horse’s veterinarian first examined the animal Aug. 29. The animal was euthanized after exhibiting significant clinical signs, including shaking, agitation and thrashing. The horse had not been vaccinated.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flulike symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30‐40 percent in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported three positive cases in horses each of the last few years.

“This incident in Tuscarawas County should serve as an alert to all horse owners to vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their local vet for options and advice on how to keep their animals healthy.”

In addition to vaccinations, horse owners also should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.

—Submitted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

MVC 2016 draws record-breaking 6,406 attendees

The numbers are in: The 2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a record-breaking 6,406 veterinary professionals! This is a 13 percent increase in total attendance over 2015 and represents a record for both total attendance and the number of veterinarian attendees.

Veterinarians 1740 1665 1899
Technicians 1253 1509 1418
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 686 528 660
Core Audience 3679 3702 3977
Spouse/Guest 174 184 48
Exhibitors 1079 935 1271
Exhibit Hall Visitors 122 98 206
Students: Pre-Vet, Vet & Tech 688 700 690
Veterinary Exploration Conference 230 49 214
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5972 5668 6406

Gingrich named Ohio Veterinarian of the Year


Dr. Fred Gingrich was named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) President Dr. Fred Gingrich has been named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award, considered the Association’s highest honor, was presented by outgoing OVMA President Dr. Brad Garrison during a special award ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gingrich is owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services and Ashland Veterinary Clinic, where he practices dairy and small animal medicine, respectively.

Dr. Gingrich’s dedication to the veterinary community extends beyond practice ownership. He is a champion for the Ohio Dairy Veterinarians Association and has spearheaded efforts to educate veterinarians and dairy producers across the state on responsible drug use. On a national level, his involvement in organized veterinary medicine includes serving on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation, the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, and the prestigious Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents.

A long-time member of the AABP, Dr. Gingrich is also a past winner of the organization’s Preventative Medicine Dairy Award and recently took the reins as president.

“To rise to such national prominence obviously speaks well of his talents and standing with his veterinary colleagues,” Dr. Garrison said. “Equally impressive are the countless and perhaps less visible things he does in serving his community and clients—from mentoring veterinary students, to providing medical care and fundraising for the Feline Sanctuary in Ashland, to caring for service animals of wounded veterans.”

Dr. Gingrich lives in Ashland with his wife Michelle and their four children.


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.

Pendleton accepts gavel of OVMA president at annual convention

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – Dr. Scott Pendleton of Cadiz has assumed the role of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the organization’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. Brad Garrison formally passed the gavel on to his successor.

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2016 MVC shelter scholarship winners announced


Every year, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association partners with the Ohio Animal Health Foundation and Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust to award 20 scholarships to shelter personnel who would like to attend the Midwest Veterinary Conference but may not otherwise be able to. The scholarships help alleviate the financial burden many shelters face so that they can take advantage of the educational opportunities the MVC offers.

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Annual golf outing raises more than $7,000

Bent Tree

Sept. 16 was a picturesque day for the OAHF Fore Animals Classic at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury.

Fifty-six golfers enjoyed blue skies on Sept. 16 at the Eighth annual Ohio Animal Health Foundation Fore Animals Classic, helping to raise more than $7,000 for important animal health projects. The event helps fund a variety of OAHF grants that advance animal health and enrichment research and fund educational programs and equipment, as well as support a number of local animal care projects.

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OAHF grants fund university education, research

Photo courtesy UC Blue Ash

University of Cincinnati: A 2014 grant to the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Veterinary Technology program allowed them to purchase five microscopes to be placed at non-profit animal welfare locations and farms in the area. The microscopes served as a valuable teaching and animal care tool, screening animals for parasites and zoonotic diseases. Nine hundred shelter animals and 130 farm animals were served over the past year.

University of Findlay. With an OAHF grant, researchers at the University of Findlay studied socializing piglets prior to weaning, as well as the inclusion of environmental enrichment on piglet behavior and weight gain. The research helped shed new light on ways to minimize aggressive behavior and stress among piglets during weaning.

ODH warns about toxic algae in Ohio waters

Photo courtesy of Ohio EPA

Photo courtesy of Ohio EPA

Within the past month, there have been multiple reports of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in bodies of water across Ohio. In response, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wishes to share the following information with Ohio veterinarians.

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AVMA delegates consider changes at annual meeting

By Robert Knapp, DVM, M.S.
AVMA Ohio Delegate

The summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates was held July 9 and 10 in Boston, in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention. Highlights included: Dr. Gary Holfinger (Toledo) was recognized for his years of service as a trustee for the GHLIT; Dr. Joe Kinnarney (Reidsville, N.C.) assumed the presidency for the upcoming year; and Dr. Thomas Meyer (Vancouver, Wash.) became president-elect. Additionally, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, showed a video honoring individuals in service to our country.

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Build awareness during Bite Prevention Week

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, according to the AVMA. The majority of these bites happen to children—and most are preventable with a little bit of knowledge!

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OVMA donates more than $16,000 to student scholarships


OVMA is donating $16,530 this month to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the 5 for 5 for the Future scholarship program. The initiative donates $5 of every Midwest Veterinary Conference registration fee to veterinary and technician student scholarships. Since its implementation, the program has contributed over $64,000 in scholarships.

MVC 2015 core audience increases over prior years

Another successful Conference is in the OVMA record books! Popular events—including MVC Zumba, Connection Corner and Exhibit Hall Fast Cash—were back, accompanied by new features like the Recent Grad Town Hall Reception. Although overall numbers this year saw a slight drop over MVC 2014 (no doubt due to inclement weather on Saturday), technician attendance jumped nearly 6 percent, helping to increase the core attendance to the highest number of the past five years.

ATTENDANCE CATEGORY 2012 2013 2014 2015
Veterinarians 1744 1546 1740 1665
Technicians 1098 1347 1253 1509
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 671 560 686 528
Core Audience 3513 3453 3679 3702
Spouse/Guest 211 254 174 184
Exhibitors 687 1002 1079 935
Exhibit Hall Only 155 139 122 98
Pre-Vet 45 28 39 24
Veterinary Exploration Conference 236 159 230 49
Students: Veterinary & Technician 699 849 649 676
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5546 5884 5972 5668

Garrison accepts gavel of OVMA President at annual conference

Dr. Brad Garrison (left) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. David Koncal.

Dr. Brad Garrison (left) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. David Koncal.

King named DVM of the Year; Redman, Wiley honored with service awards

COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 27, 2015 — Dr. Brad Garrison of Wooster was recently elected President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. David Koncal passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Garrison.

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Nearly 6,000 attend 2014 MVC

The 2014 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a five-year record of nearly 6,000 veterinary professionals, with a notable increase in veterinarian attendance.

ATTENDANCE CATEGORY 2011 2012 2013 2014
Veterinarians 1628 1744 1546 1740
Technicians 1260 1098 1347 1253
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 391 671 560 686
Core Audience 3279 3513 3453 3679
Spouse/Guest 204 211 254 174
Exhibitors 672 687 1002 1079
Exhibit Hall Only 127 155 139 122
Pre-Vet 33 45 28 39
Veterinary Exploration Conference 200 236 159 230
Students: Veterinary & Technician 771 699 849 649
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5286 5546 5884 5972

Fore Animals Classic draws record numbers


IMG_7238-webThe 2013 Fore Animals Classic raised a record $9,200 to be donated to important animal care and well-being programs supported by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. These includes recent efforts to relocate displaced Ohio wild and dangerous animals to sanctuaries, shelter educational programs and animal care and housing research. Read more

ODA working to identify cause of severe dog illness

Ohio Department of Agriculture working to identify cause of dog illnesses; state enlisting help of Ohio veterinarians to identify and combat disease REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses in the state. The department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are suffering from the same disease. Read more

OVMA testifies in support of puppy mill rules

Puppies in the cageThe OVMA testified today in support of newly proposed Ohio Department of Agriculture rules that would regulate high-volume commercial dog breeders in Ohio. [Download a PDF of the complete testimony] The proposed rules implement the provisions of Senate Bill 130 and were put together through a variety of open meetings among interested parties. A subsequent review and approval by the Commercial Dog Breeders Advisory Board, which has three DVMs in its composition, followed. TodayÕs administrative hearing will be followed in the near future with a hearing before the LegislatureÕs Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

OVMA past president passes away unexpectedly

Dr. Robert Montgomery It is with great sadness we report Dr. Robert ÒBobÓ Montgomery of New Philadelphia passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 28. Dr. Montgomery was a past OVMA president and served Ohio with distinction as its AVMA Delegate for several years.ÊHe was a partner in the Town & Country Veterinary Clinic since 1977. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, two children and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donorÕs choice. More information can be found at the following:

OVMA extends its sympathies and prayers to Dr. Montgomery’s family and colleagues.

OVMA’s Zimmerman appointed to livestock board

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

OVMA Member Dr. Ryan Zimmerman of Fremont, Ohio, has been appointed to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to fill the vacancy previously held by Dr. Leon Weaver. Dr. Zimmerman previously assisted the Livestock Care Standards Board as chair of an Equine Subcommittee developing proposed rules. He serves on the OVMA Board of Directors andÊwas OVMA President in 2012.

AVMA seeks member input on governance restructure

An AVMA Task Force has developed a blueprint of ideas on restructuring AVMAÕs governance process as well as avenues for member engagement. A summary of the Task Force report along with the report in its entirety can be found Êat: task force reportÊand executive summary. Members are asked to complete a brief surveyÊafter reviewing the ideas within the report.ÊThe survey will be open until Sept. 2, 2013.

Volunteers needed for OVMA exhibit at State Fair

StateFair2013OVMA is seeking member volunteers to staff the Veterinary Education Center at the Ohio State Fair. We are still in need of volunteers for the following dates: July 24, July 26, July 28 and July 31. Volunteers are asked to be present at the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact Mia Cunningham at 614.436.1300 or