For more than 100 years, OVMA has promoted the ideals of veterinary medicine, fostered relationships among veterinarians and their communities, and increased awareness of issues surrounding animal care.
In a nutshell, we support veterinarians and the profession as a whole. But what does that mean to you?
Veterinarians are doctors, but unlike human physicians, they are educated on more than one species and must be able to diagnose conditions without being able to speak to their patients. While many do work in hospital settings, they also treat animals on farms, military deployments, and in laboratories.
Veterinarians are involved in the meat inspection process, which helps guarantee a safe and healthy food supply for consumers. They also oversee the euthanasia of livestock to ensure animals receive a painless and humane death.
Veterinarians work in research settings, where they develop new drugs and treatment methods. Not only do these discoveries improve animal health, but in many cases, the techniques are applicable to human medicine as well.
Veterinarians are on the front lines of public health. Although they can't actually treat humans, they monitor and study diseases in an effort to prevent them from spreading to humans. Vaccinations and medications your veterinarian recommends don't just protect your animals. They protect you, too.
The veterinary medical profession is more than pet animal doctors. But how big is its impact on the state of Ohio?
Total wages paid to workers in the veterinary and animal industries
Direct and indirect contribution to Ohio's economy
Ohio jobs related to the veterinary and animal industries
The number of veterinarians serving Ohio, and the number of Ohio counties that have at least one veterinarian, respectively