Membership Benefits

Why Join OVMA

We're a community.

Studies show that individuals who participate in organizations like OVMA are more successful in their business endeavors. That’s because they have access to invaluable resources and extensive networks their non-member counterparts do not—and are consequently more knowledgable about what’s going on in their profession.


Why Join OVMA

We keep you educated.

Although OVMA puts on exceptional educational events, we're not just about CE. As a member, you'll learn about and stay updated on legal and regulatory changes that impact the way you practice. If our bi-monthly newsletter, regular e-bulletins, and exclusive guidance documents don't cover everything you need to know, OVMA staff are there to fill in the blanks.


Why Join OVMA

We've got your back.

With OVMA by your side, you know your views are represented. We closely monitor legislation in the Ohio General Assembly, educate lawmakers on the veterinary perspective, and speak on your behalf to the general public.


Why are we better together? We accomplish more.

  • Monitor Ohio legislation affecting veterinary medicine.
  • Communicate with news media on your behalf.
  • Educate lawmakers and the public to veterinary views and concerns.
  • Impact state legislation and regulation to reflect veterinary perspectives.
  • Strengthen government by getting stakeholders involved with the legislative process.
  • Update veterinary community to new laws and regulations.
  • Build your network of professional colleagues.
  • Connect with and learn from individuals in all disciplines of veterinary medicine.
  • Develop your leadership skills by participating in OVMA committees.
  • Get support when you need it from the OVMA staff by phone or online.
  • Create lasting friendships with fellow animal lovers.
  • Collaborate on and discuss current topics in OVMA task forces, CE events, membership surveys, and on social media.
  • Access members-only resources, including guidance documents, client education materials, and money-saving service providers.
  • Receive the award-winning Observer newsletter with news from Ohio and across the country, practice management tips, and community updates.
  • Keep informed of news in the veterinary community on OVMA’s social media platforms and regular E-Bulletins.
  • Get support from OVMA staff via phone or e-mail.
  • Find information 24/7 on OVMA’s website and the Members Only Center.
  • Gain knowledge at one of the nation’s largest veterinary conventions: the Midwest Veterinary Conference, hosted by OVMA.
  • Save $180 on your MVC registration and enjoy discounted prices on other OVMA CE programs.
  • Access members-only informational resources.
  • Develop and enhance professional skills by participating in OVMA committees and task forces.
  • Stay informed of veterinary community activities through OVMA publications.

Why become an OVMA member?

Membership Perks

Members have access to a plethora of resources and benefits, including:

Award-winning bi-monthly newsletter, The Observer, and breaking news updates in your inbox

Access to the online Members Only Center, where you can find guidance documents, tip sheets, FAQs, online CE, a member directory, and more

Personalized answers to your questions from OVMA staff

Advocacy at the Statehouse from OVMA's full-time, dedicated government relations department

Voting rights in annual OVMA elections and the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, committees, and task forces

Discounted classified ads online and in The Observer

Educating the general public on veterinary-related issues and speaking to news media on your behalf

Discounted registration to the Midwest Veterinary Conference and other OVMA-hosted CE events

Opportunity to take advantage of grant funding to host students interested in food animal medicine

Free professional skills courses, such as the Leadership Development Program

OVMA-recommended service providers that save you money on things you use both in and outside of your business

Unlimited opportunities to network with your colleagues from across the state

Membership by the Numbers


Active, Sustaining, Military Personnel, & Life Members


New Graduate & Resident/Intern Members


Affiliate (out of state) Members


Veterinary Student Members


(As of August 2019)

Member Accolades

Dr. Sally Chevalier

Dr. Sally Chevalier

Former District Representative

“OVMA has such an important role in shaping and guiding policy for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. It takes the input and collaboration of many to address the diverse issues we face today."

Dr. Tod Beckett

Dr. Tod Beckett

Past President, 2017-18

“I have had the pleasure of being directly involved on multiple committees within the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and I recognize and understand how our organization can serve its membership. I have also taken the approach that, rather than complain about certain topics in our profession, we should get involved and try to create change and make a difference."

Dr. Jill Thompson

Dr. Jill Thompson

Former District Representative

"I feel it is very important to be involved in your community. Whether it’s to serve the members of your community locally with exceptional pet care or to serve your professional community by emulating the positive aspects of veterinary medicine, we can all strive to contribute to support our profession."

Dr. David Koncal

Dr. David Koncal

Past President, 2014-15

“I have been associated with organized veterinary medicine and the OVMA since my senior college year. OVMA leadership and administration has a long history of excellence, and I feel a humble honor to pursue a greater role in that history. I have learned enormously from my experience at the OVMA."