Patricia Haines, DVM, is the new president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The announcement came during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the association's annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in February. Haines replaces outgoing president Ryan Zimmerman, DVM.
Haines is a small animal practitioner at Country View Pet Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio. She also owns a farming operation with her husband, which allows her to practice large animal medicine as well. In addition to her OVMA membership, she is an active participant in both the American and Cincinnati kennel clubs.
In addition to the passing of the gavel, OVMA's outgoing president presented three awards recognizing Ohio veterinarians for their contributions to the profession.
Former State Public Health Veterinarian Kathy Smith, DVM, was recognized with the OVMA's highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes one individual for outstanding contributions, dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the community and the animal kingdom.
Gwen Myers, DVM, known for her work in zoological medicine, species protection and tracking programs, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to educate Ohio's lawmakers on exotic animals during the development of the state's new dangerous animal law. Through a series of one-on-one meetings with legislators and in public testimony, Myers helped OVMA shape this legislation by shedding light on the veterinary concerns.
Retired veterinarian Tom Connair, DVM, was presented a second Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the association. Connair's career in veterinary medicine spanned more than half a century, including more than 10 years of service to his state association.