Stone names Veterinarian of the Year, passes on President’s gavel

Dr. Dave Bauman of Maineville was named the 2018 Veterinarian of the Year.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 7, 2019 — Cincinnati-area veterinarian Dr. Dave Bauman has been named the 2018 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. Liesa Stone during a special awards ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, Feb. 21 to 24.

“A lifetime of achievement as an educator, a volunteer, and a veterinarian clearly represents the qualities worthy of recognition as veterinarian of the year,” Dr. Stone said in presenting the award.

A 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bauman has dedicated more than four decades to the veterinary profession. He taught laboratory animal medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) veterinary technology program for 42 years, served as president of the southern Ohio branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the Cincinnati VMA, and dedicated 18 years to the OVMA Board of Directors. Upon retirement in 2008, he was recognized with UC’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Ellen Yoakam (left) accepted the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Liesa Stone.

At the same event, Dr. Stone reflected on her year as OVMA’s lead officer prior to passing the gavel of the president on to her successor, Dr. Ellen Yoakam of Mansfield, who officially began her duties as president on March 1. She is the fifth woman to hold the position. A third-generation veterinarian, Dr. Yoakam is charged with representing the Association and working with its Board of Directors in pursuing strategic initiatives.

“I am honored to represent veterinarians in both my local area and from across the state,” Dr. Yoakam said.


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. Known for hosting the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the fifth-largest veterinary convention in North America, OVMA represents more than 2,800 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties and 600 veterinary students. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

Krysten Bennett, Communications & Technology Director
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
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