COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2023 — Dr. Brad Garrison of Wooster has been dubbed the 2022 Ohio Veterinarian of the Year. The award, considered the Association’s highest honor, was presented by outgoing president Dr. Barbara Musolf during a special ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.
A 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Garrison is highly involved in the veterinary community, having served as OVMA president in 2015 and participating in a number of committees. He has also volunteered at OVMA’s Veterinary Education Center at the Ohio State Fair, is a longtime member of the Killbuck Valley Veterinary Association, and has testified before the Ohio General Assembly on behalf of the veterinary profession.
Perhaps most notably, Dr. Garrison is best known for his contributions to livestock care standards in Ohio. A dairy practitioner for more than 30 years, he was actively involved in the development of dairy cattle standards when the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board was established in 2009. In 2020, Gov. Mike DeWine appointed him to fill a vacancy on the board, a term which ended in January of this year.
Dr. Garrison practices large animal medicine and is co-owner of New Pittsburg Veterinary Clinic. He and his wife Jane have two children, Shannon and Spencer.
During the Association’s annual business meeting, also held at the MVC, Dr. Musolf reflected on her year as president before passing on the gavel to her successor, Dr. Eric Gordon of Marysville.
“OVMA has been an important part of my veterinary education and my career,” Dr. Gordon said. “Continuing to serve OVMA is another way I can give back to our profession and this great organization.”
A 1997 OSU CVM graduate and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Gordon is the medical director at OSU Large Animal Services in Marysville, as well as a clinical professor at the veterinary college. In addition to serving on the OVMA Board for several years, he is a longtime member of the MVC Food Animal and Small Ruminants education planning committees. An ardent supporter and mentor of students, Dr. Gordon is the coordinator for Ohio Dairy Veterinarians’ student externship and employment program, co-advisor of the OSU Food Animal Medicine Club, and is a 4-H volunteer and speaker.