Dr. Brad Garrison of Wooster was recently elected President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. David Koncal passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Garrison.

“As a food animal practitioner, I feel a duty to participate in organized veterinary medicine,” Dr. Garrison said. “I want our profession to play a strong role in animal care discussions, and as president, I will be able to make the veterinary perspective more widely heard.”

Dr. Garrison’s one-year term officially begins on March 1, and he will lead the OVMA’s 20-member Board of Directors, the governing body that guides the Association’s policies, resources and future strategies. He has served on the OVMA Board for several years, acting as vice president, secretary and district representative.

A dairy practitioner for nearly 30 years, Dr. Garrison is co-owner of the New Pittsburg Large Animal Clinic. He is highly involved in the veterinary community, serving on the OVMA’s Food Animal Committee, volunteering at the Ohio State Fair, participating in the Killbuck Valley Veterinary Association, and testifying before the Ohio General Assembly on behalf of the OVMA. He and his wife live in Wooster with their two children.

In addition to the passing of the gavel, OVMA also recognized three veterinarians for their outstanding contributions to the veterinary community and animal kingdom. 

Dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Lonnie King of Columbus was honored with the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year award, the OVMA's highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to veterinary medicine spanning more than four decades.

“His resume of achievements is long and remarkable,” Dr. Koncal said when presenting the award. “This certainly won’t be his first award, nor will it be his last.”

Dr. King, who began his career in private practice, is best known for his efforts to help establish the One Health Initiative, which promotes the idea that veterinary and human medicine are inextricably linked. He led nationwide and global initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research, and is also known for his contributions to several academic institutions, including OSU and Michigan State.

Drs. Roger Redman and Richard Wiley, also of Wooster, were honored with the OVMA's Distinguished Service Award.

“Fair, firm, insightful and open minded are all attributes of Dr. Redman,” Dr. David Koncal said at an awards ceremony during the MVC on Feb. 20. “His strength of character and leadership abilities have garnered attention at the local, state and even national levels.”

A small animal practitioner and owner of Ark Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Redman is currently in his third term serving on the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, of which he is a past president.  He has also been elected to serve as a board member for the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Dr. Redman writes a regular column for his local newspaper and lives in Wooster with his wife and children.

Dr. Wiley was presented with his award at the 16th Annual Northeast Ohio Dairy Conference on Feb. 25.

“Dr. Wiley’s service to veterinary medicine has helped change the landscape of bovine health in Ohio,” Dr. Koncal said during the ceremony.

Dr. Wiley, co-owner of the New Pittsburg Large Animal Clinic in Wooster, spearheaded the OVMA’s effort to train dairy veterinarians on proper antibiotic use on farms. As chair of the newly established Bovine Health Task Force, he was instrumental in fostering strong relationships with Ohio dairy producers and establishing a crisis management team. Dr. Wiley has also served on the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Board of Directors and currently guides the AABP conference’s dairy educational sessions.