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Washington, D.C., November 12, 2019 – In a significant departure from past practice, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced that the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) 2020/21 application cycle will open on January 22, 2020 and close on September 15, 2020. The cycle typically opens in May. The change has been undertaken to make the process more convenient for applicants to veterinary medical schools and provide them with more time to complete the various components of the application process, according to AAVMC Director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs Diana Dabdub. While...

For Immediate Release – November 12, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is now accepting internship applications for the 2020 Oklahoma Veterinary Conference to be held January 23- 25 in Norman, Oklahoma. Interns will be given opportunities to gain experience in multiple facets of the conference, including working with exhibitors and sponsors as well as networking with over 700 attendees from across the state of Oklahoma. Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a completed application, resume, and a list of...

For Immediate Release – November 1, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Each year the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) honors five individuals and three animals for their outstanding service and dedication to the veterinary profession and the relationship held between humans and animals. This year’s winners will be honored at the conference scheduled for January 23 -25, 2020. Nominations are being accepted from now until November 29. It is without a doubt that individuals involved in the veterinary community are dedicated and passionate about their field. The OVMA honors those...

What is a PAC? A political action committee is an organization created to raise and spend contributions from its members. Those contributions are donated to campaigns, ballots, or legislation the committee supports or opposes. Any contributions made to a PAC are voluntary. Why did the OVMA create the DVM-PAC Many associations create PACs, even the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a PAC. It is a useful tool to increase engagement with members of Congress or state legislators. The OVMA created the DVM-PAC to make contributions towards policies and candidates in...

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SUMMARY REPORT: State taxes charged on veterinary sales and services In 2003, veterinary medical associations in over 40 states and Puerto Rico responded to our request for information on taxes charged for veterinary sales and services. Some states responded with yes/no answers while others sent comprehensive tax law packets. The regulations and exemptions on sales tax, also called retail tax, vary greatly from state to state and, in some cases, even within a state. Because of the complex rules regarding these taxes, this report provides only a general overview of...

The OVMA recently launched their mobile app which can be utilized at the annual convention or year round. Soon you will also have the option to pay your membership dues through the app! Here is what you can do in the app today: Committees Communicate through the discussion portal View the calendar of events Receive announcements about upcoming meetings or events Identifying new members Districts Communicate through the discussion portal View the calendar of event Receive announcements about future meetings or events Give a Donation Sign up for the Power of Ten...

Dr. Kathryn Henshaw was selected as an Emerging Leader and will represent Oklahoma at the upcoming AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago. The 2017 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago,  January 12-14. Also attending the conference with Dr. Henshaw  will be Dr. Joel Manley, President- Elect; Dr. Kelly Cooper, Vice President; Dr. Charles Freeman, AVMA Delegate; Dr. Rosemarie Strong, AVMA Alternate Delegate and Amanda Meeks, Executive Director. Dr. Kathryn Henshaw graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She spent 3 years as an...

Last month the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation received a call from Rib Crib (yes, that fantastic BBQ joint we all love) letting us know they would be donating $20k to the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation for the Pet Overpopulation Program! Their annual golf tournament raised $100k to split between 5 local charities. Here is the press release along with some information about all the charities. A huge thank you goes out to Dr. Christine Kunzweiler who informed Rib Crib of the OACF and Pet Overpopulation Program. Also, thank you to...

Dr. Kari Moore was six months out of veterinary school in 2015, and really starting to feel the challenges. “I had graduated just over six months ago, and had hit a point in my early career where the excitement had partially worn off, and the psychological implications of the job were starting to take over,” she said. “My confidence was beginning to waver more often, and my personal time off was affected with nagging doubts and worry.” Then she heard about an educational and networking opportunity that seemed to offer a boost...

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