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Spring 2020 Communique

Read about our 2020 award winners, learn how veterinarians can become involved in politics, and much more!

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03 President’s Letter SPRING 2020 • Volume 35 • Issue 1
04 On Point
05 State Veterinarian’s Report An Oklahoma Veterinary
06 From the Dean Medical Association Publication
07 Latest News and Updates
08 OSU CVM News Managing Editor
09 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year and
Amanda Meeks
Other Top Honors Awarded at OKVC
12 Elections, PAC’s, and Making Your Voice Editor

Heard Hayley Eberle
13 OVMA Animal Hall of Fame Award
The OVMA Communique is the newsletter of
Winners Announced the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.
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Opinions expressed in these contents are strictly
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President District IV
Jennifer Schoonover, Megan Smith, DVM
DVM Jessica Carter-Arnold,

President-Elect DVM
Lee Denny, DVM
District V
Jeff Boyer, DVM
Vice President Aaron Farr, DVM
Brent Hancock,
AVMA Delegate
Secretary/Treasurer Rosemarie Strong,
Tracei Holder, DVM DVM

Immediate Past AVMA Alternate
President Delegate
Wendy Bray, DVM Mike Jones, DVM

District Director SAVMA
Representative Representative
Chad Baumwart, Ashley Ferguson
DVM Jordyn Martel

District I Executive Director
Cristen Thomas, Amanda Meeks
Sarah Smith, DVM

District II Assistant Director
Trent Stites, DVM Hayley Eberle
Tracy Patton, DVM
District III Coordinator
Andrew Hanzlicek, Nylia Burch
Chad Baumwart,

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Together We
Can Conquer

As I move forward as your was unaware how important these individuals and the Political
OVMA president, I would Action Committee (PAC) fund are for our profession. Our
like to thank everyone who lobbyists monitor proposed legislation, speak with legislators
has encouraged and assisted on our behalf and advocate in general for the veterinarians
me in this endeavor. I would in Oklahoma. Important items in this year’s legislative
like to extend a special session are the sunsetting of our current practice act and the
thank you to Dr. Bray for veterinary nurse initiative. Because we are governed by state
her devotion to the OVMA agencies, these things must be initiated and approved by our
during her presidency elected state government officials. Bills have already been
and her continued service introduced to renew our current practice act (with minor
as Past President. I would also like to welcome our duly changes) and to introduce the veterinary nurse initiative
appointed President Elect, Dr. Lee Denny, and Vice President, allowing the name change from registered veterinary
Dr. Brent Hancock. For those members that do not know technician, licensed veterinary technician or certified
me, I am a native Oklahoman, 2000 graduate of Oklahoma veterinary technician to a common term, Veterinary Nurse.
State University CVM and owner of Sooner Veterinary So that all our members can personally interact with our
Hospital, a companion animal hospital in Norman, where I lobbyists, I plan to schedule a meet-and-greet sometime later
have practiced since 2004. Don’t let my practice name and this spring or early summer. All members are encouraged to
location fool you, I am a die-hard OSU cowboy fan! I have attend this meeting to ask questions and voice any concerns
been an OVMA member since 2001, but I took a more active directly to our lobbyists.
role in the OVMA in 2012 by volunteering at the Oklahoma
State Fair surgical suite. I have since remained committed to I would also like to make a plea to the entire membership
the OVMA’s Oklahoma State Fair exhibit by serving on and, to support your OVMA in any way possible. If each and
at times, chairing the fair committee. I also served as the every member would make a small time and/or monetary
District 4 Director from 2017 to 2018. I am married to a fellow contribution, there would be no limit to what our organization
veterinarian and we have 2 sons, both very active in sports, could accomplish. I challenge every one of you to reach out
4-H, FFA, band and other community activities to a member of the Executive Committee or your District
Director and inquire about how you can become more
The year 2020 is now in full swing and our annual Oklahoma active in the OVMA. The OVMA is here to support our great
Veterinary Conference has come and gone. It was great to see profession. Remember that if we stand in unity, we can
many of you at the conference and I want to thank everyone conquer anything we set out to do. I am looking forward to a
who helped to make this event a success. The 2020 Oklahoma great year with you, the OVMA, and I welcome any comments
state legislative session is underway and our OVMA lobbyists or concerns.
are on the lookout for any proposed bills that may affect the
practice of veterinary medicine or animal health in general. Jennifer L. Schoonover, DVM
Prior to my participation on the OVMA board of directors, I OVMA President

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Looking at the
Year Ahead

Thank you to everyone A new legislative session has started, there are several bills
who came to the Oklahoma being tracked by Jerrod and Clayton. The Veterinary Practice
Veterinary Conference Act is sun setting this year and we worked with the OSBVME
in January! It was a great to identify areas where language cleanup was necessary.
conference and we are Jerrod sends out a weekly summary of things happening at
already starting on 2021. the capitol which may or may not directly relate to veterinary
We made a few changes medicine or small business. Those emails are sent through the
this year and are interested listserve and are condensed updates to keep everyone aware.
in hearing feedback from We have also planned our annual Legislative Day for April 23.
those in attendance. This is an opportunity for members to come to the capitol
In addition to the Regulatory session that ODAFF and and hear from legislators, lobbyist, and other individuals in
USDA offer, we offered CE hours on Thursday in Practice the legislative process. It is also a time you can meet with your
Management and Companion Animal. We plan on offering local legislators and connect with issues of importance to you.
those additional hours in 2021, this addition is an effort to I encourage your attendance and hope to see you there!
allow all attendees to earn their full 20 hours of required CE at
our conference. Thank you to everyone who helped make OKVC a success.
Without the help of speaker chairs, board members,
Congratulations to all our award winners which were volunteers, and OVMA staff the conference would not be
recognized at OKVC! A recap of those winners is given in this possible. We hope to continue to grow the conference and
issue for those unable to attend OKVC. To our award winners, offer CE and events relevant to you. I am aways interested in
we appreciate the time and commitment you have given to hearing from the members, so don’t hesitate to call me. It is
the veterinary profession. For those interested in nominating so encouraging to work with a group passionately involved in
a colleague please be sure to watch for emails later this year. their profession.
It is a great honor for the OVMA to recognize outstanding
individuals and we appreciate the nominations we receive. Best Wishes!

We have already started planning district CE meetings and Amanda Meeks, OVMA Executive Director
socials for 2020. Updates about these events will be sent
out through email, listed on the website and Communique
calendar of events, and event pages on Facebook. We are
partnering with industry representative to bring these events
to you in your area. We hope you will participate and make
them successful so we can continue to offer them. When you
attend please make sure to thank the event sponsor for giving
their time, money, and expertise to the event. Without our
sponsors these events would not be possible.

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STATE VETERINARIAN’S REPORT pork products can potentially be infected and to be sure and
properly dispose of those products. Please make people
Staying Alert aware that the disease does not affect humans and that pork
Keeps Us Ahead continues to be safe to eat when properly prepared.

We just finished the 2020 Oklahoma Veterinary Conference. The timeline to transition to electronic ID for cattle is
As always I really appreciate OVMA allowing ODAFF to tag due to be opened for public comment in February. After
team with our day of regulatory updates and education. We the comment period I believe USDA will re-institute the
had over 250 in attendance! For the third year we were able timeline but will probably push it back by a year. They will be
providing EID tags at no cost beginning in the next month or
to share the morning so. We believe Oklahoma will be allotted close to 450,000 of
presentations remotely the tags.
to Tulsa Community
College Vet Tech program. We are scheduled to do another whole herd test in October
I think we figured out on the Panhandle dairy that received some heifers that were
how to potentially exposed to TB at a calf raising facility in Texas. To date we
share the program next have found no infected cattle.
year with others who
are unable to attend in A beef herd in the Panhandle sold a group of cull cows
person. I appreciate all and one of them was infected with TB. We have tested the
the veterinarians and herd but the indemnity for the suspect cows has not been
technicians who attended completed so we do not have final results yet.
and would welcome comments on how to make the program
better next year. The Virulent Newcastle Disease outbreak in southern
California is ongoing. They continue to find a few new cases
The Vesicular Stomatitis Virus outbreak that began in Texas in each week. California Department of Food and Agriculture
July 2019 is over. There have been no new cases since October and USDA personnel are retesting quarantined premises to try
31. It affected premises in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, to eradicate the disease.
Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Kansas. 1,144 VSV-
affected premises were identified (472 confirmed positive, As OYE approaches please remember the PED outbreak we
672 suspect). 1,128 of these premises had only equine species experienced there last year and help to educate exhibitors,
clinically affected, 15 premises had only affected cattle, and 1 parents, and ag educators about biosecurity and ways to
premises had both cattle and horses clinically affected. We prevent a similar issue this year.
had one case in Oklahoma. I really appreciate all the calls we
received from practitioners to report potential cases. I want to thank the practitioners who call with questions
and report suspicious cases or lesions. Because of alert
African Swine Fever continues to spread in China and practitioners like you all we have a better chance to find
surrounding countries in SE Asia as well as Eastern Europe. foreign animal and emerging diseases more quickly and have
China, the world’s largest pork producer, has lost over 50% of a better chance to stop the spread of those diseases.
their swine. USDA has increased surveillance at border ports
to intercept illegal shipment of pork products that may be If you are not receiving the email updates that I send and
infected with ASF virus. I encourage you to talk to your swine would like to, please send me your email address and I will be
clients about this disease and ask them to notify you of any happy to add you to the list.
unusual symptoms in their swine. Even if you’re a companion
animal practitioner please spread the word that imported As always, please check out our website at
and let us know how we can make it serve you better. You can
contact us at 405-522-6141.

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Strategic plan.
Initiative at OSU •Increase faculty, staff and student satisfaction and well-being
CVM •Increase revenue across the organization
•Decrease inefficiencies across the organization
Student retention continues to improve. There has been a •Increase external stakeholder satisfaction
significant decrease in the •Enhance research activities and productivity.
number of students leaving
the program due to poor Faculty continue to collaborate with veterinary college
academic performance. colleagues, across the OSU campus, and with other
Twelve students (13.48 organizations such as OU Health Sciences Center and the
percent) in the most Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. When our total
recent graduating class research funding is normalized to faculty numbers, the highly
were dismissed from the competitive program at OSU CVM ranks 13 of 30 among U.S.
program as compared to colleges of veterinary medicine.
only four students (4.54
percent) in the upcoming Larry Barrett, DVM, MS, DACVPM, visited the college. Barrett
is the director of Plum Island Animal Disease Center. He
graduating class. In addition, only one student (.9 percent) shared updates on the nation’s livestock, food security, Plum
was dismissed during the last academic year. We expect this Island Animal Disease Center, and the National Bio and Agro-
trend to continue, as improving retention remains a priority Defense Facility. Dr. Barrett also spoke with faculty about
for the college. For the third year in a row, 100 percent of research and with students about jobs open to those who earn
our students passed the NAVLE. Our pass rate is consistently a DVM degree and the opportunities in research.
above the national average.
Several OSU administrators including Drs. Carlos Risco, Jerry
The veterinary college hosted several Oklahoma state Malayer and Rosslyn Biggs met with Adem Hiko, PhD, dean of
senators, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Haramaya University in
Forestry representatives, and pork and cattle industry leaders. Ethiopia. The group discussed possible areas of collaboration
The state leaders heard highlights on the college’s academic with OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Division of
program, various research projects being conducted and in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
particular those that support the cattle industry and rural
veterinary medicine practices across the state, and toured the Sincerely,
Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Carlos A. Risco, DVM, Dipl. ACT
The college underwent a strategic planning process creating Dean, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
a new mission, vision, and core values. Our mission is
innovation in animal and human health. Our vision is to
be innovative world leaders in healthcare, research and
professional goals. Our core values include communication,
integrity, accountability, teamwork, and leadership. Five
strategic goals listed below and tactics were developed. The
college is now in the implementation phase of that strategic

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The Latest EVENTS COMING SOON! professions. The DVM PAC, a non
Veterinary partisan political action committee,
News in • District 1 CE provides financial support for state
Oklahoma 3/26- Medical Management of Canine political candidates. DVM PAC exists
Hyperandrenocorticism through the voluntary contributions of
OVMA LISTSERVE Tulsa, OK OVMA Members. Contributing to the
6:00 pm DVM PAC reflects your commitment
If you would like to be part of the Sponsored by Dechra and dedication to political activity and
OVMA Listserve, which is a benefit of education of key issues that affect the
the OVMA membership, please email us • District 4 CE veterinary professions. You, as OVMA
at [email protected] The address for 4/9 - Expert Panel Discussing the Path members, are vital to our political
the listserve is [email protected] of Pricate Pratice Ownership: activities and success.
com. Everything from Startups to
Sponsored by CARR
The Pet Memorial Program is a sincere
and compassionate way for veterinarians • District 5 CE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED AT OVMA
to honor their clients by making a 4/16 - Expert Panel Discussing the
donation in the pet’s memory. Animal
owners utilize this program as an Path of Pricate Pratice Ownership: Student Relations Committee
expression of gratitiude to veterinarians
for outstanding care to their pets. Everything from Startups to Well-Being
Send the name of the animal for the
memorial, their owners name and Transitions Animal Welfare
address, and a donation of any amount. Oklahoma City, OK Disaster Response
The OACF will send a card to the Sponsored by CARR Continuing Education
owners showing a memorial has been
made in the name of the pet. Donations • OVMA Legislative Day Social Media and Outreach
accepted online
a-donation 4/23 - Oklahoma State Capital - Room Business Alliance Task Force Committee
230 Legislative Advocacy Committee
State Fair Committees (Tulsa & Oklahoma)
15th Street Veterinary Group All OVMA Members welcome!
Marlow Veterinary Clinic
Sandy Creek Veterinary Care, PPLC Convention Committee

NEW MEMBERS Veterinary Technician Advisory Committee
Power of 10 Leadership Academy

Kim Anderson, DVM If you are interested in more
Chuck Bowlan, DVM information or would like to volunteer,
Erika Hanna, DVM please call the OVMA .
Katherine Holley, DVM

Ronald Kenington, DVM
Larry Marcus, DVM Don’t forget that you can purchase the
Leonard Parker, DVM new Pet Overpopulation Tag at your
Carmela Pratt, DVM local tag agency!
Rachel Wardlow, DVM OACF appreciates your support!

Paul Zimmer, DVM


The DVM PAC was created in
recognition of the need to increase
political activity and awareness among
members of the veterinary medical

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Vet Med Welcomes 2 New Staff Members

Asitha Pillai, BVSc & AH, MS, is a clinical assistant professor in emergency care in the veterinary clinical sciences
department. Originally from Kerala, India, she earned her BVSc & AH degree and a master’s degree in animal
nutrition from the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Kerala. She then earned a master’s degree in
genetics/genomics and her DVM degree through the PAVE program from Oklahoma State University.

Jeremiah Saliki, DVM, Ph.D., DACVM, has been appointed director of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic
Laboratory, effective April 30, 2020. Dr. Saliki was on faculty at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1993 to
2005 rising from lecturer to full professor and head of the Virology/Serology Section at OADDL. During the past
26 years, he has had extensive post-Ph.D. technical and administrative experience in two AAVLD-accredited
veterinary diagnostic laboratories.


JUNE 26-27

Registration will open March 1.

The seminar will be held at
the Oklahoma State University
College of Veterinary Medicine.

or follow us on Facebook.

@OklahomaVMA @OKStateVetMed


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Oklahoma Veterinarian
of the Year and Other Top
Honors Awarded at OKVC

By: Hayley Eberle

Each year during the Oklahoma Veterinary Conference hosted by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)
deserving individuals are honored for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the field of veterinary medicine.
Nominated by their peers and voted on by a committee, awards are given in the following categories: Corporate Industry
Representative Award, OVMA Volunteer of the Year and Veterinarian of the Year.

The Corporate Industry Representative Award was established to honor an individual who is consistently providing exceptional
service to Oklahoma veterinarians and promoting the profession through liaisons with the OVMA and veterinarians. The 2020
award went to Laurel Klotz, from Newcastle, OK. Laurel is employed with Midwest Veterinary Supply (MVS) and has been
involved with the veterinary industry for over 16 years. She started her path in the industry by working as a veterinary assistant
during nursing school and during her time as an assistant she found her true calling. After graduation Laurel worked as a
registered veterinary technician (RVT) and practice manager for nearly 12 years.

Klotz joined the Midwest family five years ago and, in that time, she has successfully partnered with and managed equine
exclusive, mixed animal, food animal, and companion animal accounts. In 2015 she was honored with the “OSR Rookie of the
Year” award but she didn’t stop there. In 2017 she won the MVS Presidents Club award and in 2017 and 2018 she earned the
MVS Dennis MacDaddy McFarland Equine Top Sale Award for her region. She also sits on the advisory board for Murray State
Colleges’ Veterinary Technology Program, is a member of Oklahoma’s Network for Veterinary Practice managers, and most
recently was asked to join an advisory board with local equine veterinarians as they team up to start an initiative that will elevate
the experience veterinary students receive when networking for internships, post-graduation job placement, and enhancing
their skill sets

Earning the honors of OVMA Volunteer of the Year was Dr. Gary Stone,
from Chandler, OK. This award honors an OVMA member who has
shown outstanding contributions to the OVMA by actively serving
in a leadership capacity and by supporting and advancing organized
veterinary medicine, increasing public awareness through their works
or actions, and is also active in their community. Dr. Stone has been an
outstanding example of that in his many years of general veterinary
practice where he cared for both large and small animal clients. But his
dedication to the profession doesn’t end there, throughout all his work
he has led by example for younger practitioners and those who have ever
met him know his interest and promotion of veterinary medicine is a

role he takes very seriously.

In recent years he has directed his efforts to serving the people of Oklahoma as a staff veterinarian at the Oklahoma Department
of Agriculture. However, it is his untiring efforts with the OVMA’s most visible public relations effort, the Oklahoma City State
Fair and the Tulsa State Fair, that made Dr. Stone a clear choice for this award. He has spent countless hours preparing for the

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live animal exhibits to be delivered and ensure they are cared for both nutritionally and medically while they are at the exhibits.
It hasn’t been uncommon for him to spend the entire night at the exhibit to assist and facilitate in the delivery of healthy
newborn sheep, goats, and pigs and it always done with a smile. Dr. Stone has been an active member in OVMA and has served
on the Board of Directors for two terms and on several committees.
The Veterinarian of the Year Award honors an OVMA member who has contributed to the advancement of organized veterinary

medicine on the local, state, regional, or national level. This honoree has
demonstrated outstanding compassion and achievement in advancing
the welfare of animals and contributed to community, practice,
education, research, or regulatory services. The honor of 2020 OVMA
Veterinarian of the Year was awarded to Dr. Rosemarie Strong.
Dr. Strong, from Oklahoma City, OK, graduated from Oklahoma State
University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM) in 1989 and has
practiced small animal medicine at Memorial Road Pet Hospital for the
past 23 years. During this time, she has also served in many high-profile
capacities such as American Veterinary Medical Association delegate,
OVMA Treasurer, and OKC District Director. She currently serves on the
OSU-OKC Veterinary Technician Board and the OSU CVM Board.
Known for the enthusiasm and leadership she brings to all her community service projects, from church groups to volunteering
at her kids’ school while they were growing up, to her current involvement with the Mabel Bassett Prison Dog Program, Dr.
Strong has proven time and time again she has no problem stepping in and helping where she is needed especially in the world
of veterinarian medicine. Her talents and dedication haven’t gone unnoticed and Dr. Strong has acquired numerous accolades
throughout her time in college and her career. During her time in college she won numerous awards such as Who’s Who in
College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine Leadership Award. After college she received the OVMA
President’s Award from Dr. Larry Woods, and the OVMA Companion Animal Practitioner Award.

2019 Power of Ten Leadership Academy

Congratulations to the 2019 Power of Ten Class! This years class included: Dr. Kristen Rivers (not pictured), Dr. Shawn Lane,
Dr. Katie Tyler, Dr. Jessica Green, Dr. Brianna Judkins, Dr. Jacquelyn Boehm, Dr. Grace Richter, Dr. Kim Park (not pictured), Dr.
Clairice Reynolds, Dr. Alisha Preno, and Dr. Amy Canida.
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cost to the participant. The program is designed for veterinarians who have been in practice 10 years or less since graduation
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ELECTIONS, PAC’S, AND MAKING Maybe reaching out and speaking to your representatives is
YOUR VOICE HEARD still something you don’t feel comfortable with or you struggle
finding time in your hectic schedule. Don’t fear, this is why
By: Hayley Eberle the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association has lobbyists.
“Everyone in the state has someone at the legislature as
Politics, a topic that most people try to avoid or feel a lobbyist there on their behalf. Lobbyists are a wealth of
uncomfortable with. We sat down with Dr. Lee Denney, to information but as a legislator you have to be discerning
discuss why veterinarians should become more comfortable on how you use a lobbyist” said Denney, going on to add
with politics and how to better understand the importance of “Lobbyists are at the capital, so we [veterinarians] don’t have
making your voice heard. to be.”

If you don’t know Dr. Denney, she grew up in Cushing and as However, without support from the membership OVMA
a kid she wanted to be a veterinarian but was encouraged by a would not be able to continue to protect the profession
local pharmacist to go to pharmacy school. Once she arrived of veterinary medicine at the capital. Members can help
at Oklahoma State University and became more involved in OVMA continue to have representation at the capital by
agriculture, she knew that veterinary medicine was her calling. supporting the PAC program. As a past legislator Dr. Denney
Her decision to run for public office did come until later, after had firsthand experience with PAC’s and lobbyist so we
serving as a friend’s campaign manager. With her sights set on asked her if they make a difference. “PAC’s make you think
making a difference, Dr. Denney made her run to become a the association has an interest in how you believe, and they
legislator and succeeded. She would go on to serve six terms. somewhat agree with you and they want to help you further
your agenda” she said. “They are very important, and we all
While discussing her time as a legislator she recalled a time need to donate” Denney added.
that she cast a vote as a legislator and some of her constituents
were not happy with the way she voted, however no one
had contacted her prior to the vote to voice their opinion or
discuss why she should vote a certain way. “The challenge is
to hear enough from your constituents that you make a good
vote for your district, because your representing your district,”
said Denney, who highly encourages veterinarians to reach
out and make their voice heard. “Just reach out to your own
house member and own senator” she said, “They don’t have to
talk to everyone.”

Dr. Denney went on to talk about how veterinarians can Join us for OVMA
use election years, like this one, as a prime opportunity Legislative Day!
to create a relationship with their representatives and
establish themselves as a source of information. One of April 23, 2020
her recommendations on doing that was to attend your at the Oklahoma State Capital
representatives speaking appearance and introduce yourself
at the event and don’t forget to offer yourself as a source of Room 230
information on animal health and welfare.
8:00 am - Noon
Another great opportunity for veterinarians to start building
relationships with their representatives is to attend the OVMA
Legislative Day. This year the event will be held on April 23
from 8:00 am to Noon at the State Capital. This event is the
perfect opportunity for veterinarians who want to make their
voice heard while having some guidance before going out on
your own. This event is open to all OVMA members to attend.

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OVMA Animal after reading to Charley at the library, and sitting in the ER
Hall of Fame at Mercy in the aftermath of the Piedmont tornado and
Award Winners watching her lick the tears off of the faces of two young girls
Announced before they were taken away by medical professionals.

By: Hayley Eberle Trilite Ziva DaDiva, better known as “Ziva”, was nominated by
her veterinarian, Dr. Sara Brown. Ziva, a Shetland sheepdog
During the Oklahoma Veterinary Conference (OKVC) each
year the newest class of Animal Hall of Fame inductees are had been surrendered to
announced and recognized during the membership breakfast. the Oklahoma City Animal
The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Shelter where she was luckily
established the Animal Hall of Fame to celebrate the link taken in by a sheltie rescue
between animals and people and to honor domestic animals and her now owner adopted
who exemplify the strength and value of the human-animal her later the same day. In
bond. This year, during the 2020 OKVC, the OVMA awarded 2013, just a year after being
two individuals the title of 2020 OVMA Pet Hall of Fame in surrendered to the animal shelter, she passed her Therapy
the Companion Animal category – Charley and Ziva. Dog International exam. Since then both Ziva and her owner
have regularly visited numerous hospitals, nursing homes,
Charley, a female Welsh Terrier, has worked as a therapy dog and schools. They are beloved visitors of the patients and
for over ten years and is a staff at OU Children’s Hospital where their weekly visits help
member of Human Animal alleviate stress and bring smiles to those in need.
Link of Oklahoma, an AKC
recognized therapy dog During her time at the OU Children’s Hospital Ziva not only
organization. During her comforts patients and staff, she participates in pet therapy
time as a therapy dog she has night and has been known to help the kids with their art
made over three thousand projects. When she isn’t visiting patients or helping the next
visits to comfort those in budding artist her and her owner are leading group sessions
designed to increase socialization, encourage mobility, and
need and was even nominated at the AKC for “Therapy Dog educate on pet safety. Ziva’s impressive obedience skills and
of the Year” for nine years straight. Throughout her career tricks inspire patients and their families to train their own
Charley kept a steady schedule making five scheduled visits a dogs while providing a good laugh while she jumps rope or
week on top of special scheduled visits when someone was in sneezes on command.
After reading their nominations and learning about the
Over the years Charley has done many amazing things as a countless selfless hours both Charley and Ziva serve as
therapy dog but her veterinarian, Dr. Doug Ruby, recalled therapy dogs it’s clear why they are this year’s inductees. The
these memories as some of his most cherished: watching her OVMA would like to congratulate them, their owners, and
provide comfort and support while in the arms of children their veterinarians on this great honor and send a sincere
and the elderly after the Moore tornado, seeing a young girl’s thank you to them for all that they do.
reading level increase by four grade levels in seven months

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Hello fellow OVMA members. In January the AVMA House of Delegates
met in Chicago during the Veterinary Leadership Conference. Below are
highlights of the conference.

Our Veterinary Information Forum consisted of the following topics:
Volunteer Liability, Telehealth, and Cannabis. The topics were sent to
committees with the following recommendations made:

• Volunteer Liability - the AVMA Board of Directors will work on forming a has
tool kit for practitioners to refer to as each state
various laws/ regulations regarding this area.

• Telehealth - the AVMA will continue to offer guidelines regarding
Connected Care.

• Cannabis - no action taken at this time.

There were four resolutions that were passed by the House of Delegates:

• Technology in Vet Med - Two policies were combined that addressed the use technology, including biotechnology, in
veterinary medicine and animal agriculture and innovative technologies in development of drug, vaccines and diagnostic
modalities. The AVMA believed the two existing policies should be made as one.

• Cribbing in Horses - A variety of devices have been utilized to prevent horses from cribbing, including hog rings. The
AVMA condemns the use of hog rings or other devices placed around the teeth to prevent cribbing in horses. These devices
are detrimental to the welfare and health of the horse due to the potential to cause persistent pain, damage to the gingiva,
periodontal disease and abrasive wear to adjacent teeth.

• Declawing of Domestic Cats - the AVMA discourages the declawing (onychectomy) of cats as an elective procedure
and supports non-surgical alternatives to the procedure. However, the AVMA respects the veterinarian’s right to use
professional judgment when deciding how to best protect their individual patients’ health and welfare.

• Microchips - It became evident that the current version of the policy had become very cumbersome, including the title
and had evolved into a Standard Operating Procedure. It is recognized that there are valid reasons to scan new patients
and regularly scan existing patients, however, dictating in policy the precise situations, frequency, or procedure of such
scanning may impinge on, or conflict with, state laws regarding property ownership. For example, if a veterinarian has
already established a VCPR with a new client/animal, then discovers that the animal has a microchip of which the owner
was unaware, the requirements and ability of the veterinarian to attempt to notify anyone about this situation is likely
limited due to the existing VCPR.

It is always a privilege to serve you, the Oklahoma practitioner, and represent our great state. Please feel free to contact myself
or Dr. Mike Jones with questions, concerns, or topics.

Thank you,

Rosemarie Strong, DVM
AVMA Oklahoma Delegate

where it can yield you the highest return.

The Downside of Money: The average healthcare practice loses tens of
Doing Commercial thousands of dollars in this ‘do-it-yourself’ approach.
Real Estate Yourself
In the vast majority of commercial real estate transactions,
you will also be working with a listing agent. That agent has
a fiduciary responsibility (legal obligation) to the landlord to
ensure they get the best possible deal and that their interests
are protected and paramount over any other party in the

By: Jeremy Burroughs, CARR Healthcare This is also the person who actually collects a commission on
the transaction. The commission amount is set aside before
Are you one of the rare healthcare providers or administrators the property is even listed, and it will either be paid to the
who understands how much is at stake in commercial real listing agent only or it will be split between the listing agent
estate negotiations? If so, then you probably know that and the agent you hire to represent your needs. Often times if
commercial real estate is the highest negotiable expense for there is no buyer / tenant agent, the listing agent gets paid an
your healthcare practice. Consequently, most healthcare amount that equals a ‘double commission’.
providers fall into the statistic that tells us that 80% of
healthcare practices still take a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach to If you take the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach, someone else is
these crucial negotiations and site selection process. making the money for doing the job you did yourself. The
craziest part is, the person making money is opposing you in the
In this article, we will break down several reasons why doing transaction! And, you just helped that person collect twice as
commercial real estate without representation will likely cost much as they would have if you would have hired an expert
you a significant amount of time and money. agent to represent your needs and protect your interests!

Time: The average commercial real estate transaction takes This could be because you don’t actually understand
dozens of hours to complete. When you calculate the hours everyone’s role within a deal. After all, when you called the
of research, driving the market, communicating with listing name on the sign, they told you they wanted to help you get
agents, touring properties, negotiating letters of intent (LOI’s), into the space!
negotiating lease contract terms, printing / signing / mailing
documents, and the dozens of other miscellaneous tasks you The problem is that to them, you are just a customer. The
encounter in almost every commercial real estate deal, you landlord is their only client in the deal. That might not
can easily spend 30-40 hours or more on a single transaction. sound like a big difference, but it has a HUGE impact on the
That equates to an entire week of work! outcome of the terms that each party receives. They have a
legal obligation (called a fiduciary) to ensure the landlord gets
Given the fact you have a full-time job already, you have two the best possible deal within your transaction. They have no
options as to where you will find those hours: such obligation to you, since you are not their client.

1) During normal business hours (when you could Without representation that looks out for your best interests,
otherwise be generating revenue) or you are almost guaranteed to leave a significant amount of
money on the table during negotiations.
2) During your valuable time off that would normally be
spent with your family, relaxing, taking care of personal Experience: Some tenants and buyers balk at the idea of
errands or making memories with those you love. hiring an agent to represent them in a commercial real estate
transaction through an agency agreement. Those people
Neither option is a good one, especially when you consider typically don’t understand that agency is a term created by
how much money you could be making per hour if you governmental bodies to protect the consumer (you). If you
invested that time into your practice. Since time is a don’t have an agent involved to exclusively represent you in
commodity you cannot get back, it’s important it be invested

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your transaction, then there is no real estate expert who has a Good: Having a commercial real estate agent represent you in
fiduciary responsibility to protect your interests. your real estate transaction.

The vast majority of landlords have an agent and other Better: Having a commercial real estate agent who only
experts they regularly consult with that work diligently to represents buyers and tenants represent you in your real
ensure the landlord receives the best deal possible. estate transaction. (This prevents any potential conflict of
interest and also ensures you will see every potential property
Think about that for a moment… The landlord, who has available to you.)
done hundreds of real estate transactions and whose entire
livelihood is based on real estate, hires an agent so they can Best: Having a commercial real estate agent who only represents
leverage that agent’s experience. Why would a healthcare healthcare buyers and tenants represent you in your real estate
buyer or tenant who will only transact a few times over the transaction. (This not only ensures you of their unwavering
course of their career try to do it alone? loyalty to you against any possible landlord, but it also
ensures you have someone who understands your real estate
Knowledge: This is the most important part of representation. needs and how to structure a deal that best suits your unique
We live in a world where “knowledge” is at our fingertips. The situation as a healthcare provider.)
problem is, the knowledge that is available is often a cheap
knockoff of the real thing. When it comes to ‘do-it-yourself’ real estate negotiations, you
don’t save any money. Instead, you stand to lose a fortune.
Have you ever had a patient confidently give you their Hiring an agent will at a minimum save you a substantial
diagnosis of what is happening to them because they looked amount of time. Hiring the right agent can ensure you get
it up on WebMD? When you explain to them their actual into the best possible situation and has the potential to save
diagnosis, they say, “Are you sure?” you tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in your next
They are trying to compare your thousands of hours of
experience with their 15 minutes of Googling symptoms.
There is a monumental difference in your experience versus
theirs. Be careful getting too frustrated, though, because many
doctors and practice administrators do the same thing when it
comes to commercial real estate.

Those doctors and administrators will hop on a commercial CARR Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of commercial
real estate website for 15 minutes, and now they are suddenly a real estate services for healthcare tenants and buyers. Every year,
commercial real estate expert. What they fail to acknowledge thousands of healthcare practices trust CARR to achieve the most
is that anyone can find properties or call or email a listing favorable terms on their lease and purchase negotiations. CARR’s
agent to get a property brochure. The part where expert team of experts assist with start-ups, lease renewals, expansions,
guidance is needed is found during the negotiations (and relocations, additional offices, purchases, and practice transitions.
there is definitely more to a negotiation than simply the lease Healthcare practices choose CARR to save them a substantial amount
rate or purchase price). of time and money; while ensuring their interests are always first.

This concept is also important in deciding how you select Visit CARR.US to find an expert agent representing healthcare
your agent. Many doctors fail to realize the complexities of practices in your area.
commercial real estate and imprudently hire a residential real
estate friend or patient. That is similar to having a tooth ache
and going to the veterinarian for help. Sure, they may have
some dental experience (on felines), but it’s hardly the same

Ok, I need an agent. How do I go about picking the right one?

Here is a quick guide to ensure you are covered.

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Let me start off by saying OKVC was a blast! We all learned a lot and met so many new people! I also wanted
to thank everyone who had a part in putting this year’s convention on, it couldn’t have turned out any better.
I know we all are excited to see where this year leads us, and I can’t wait!!

As always OVTA holds our annual meeting at the OKVC convention on Friday night, we were excited to
see new and returning faces at our meeting. During our meeting we elected new officers. Those officers are
as followed; Past President Christen Puckett- Smith, President Taylor Carruth, Vice President Shiloh McGee and Secretary/
Treasurer Carola Morrison. This new executive board is going to do great things and if at any time that you have any questions
please feel free to get a hold of anyone of us.

At this time, I would like to announce the scholarships and awards that were given out during the convention. So, I’m going to
start off with our Veterinary Technician of the year award that was given to Sarah Sultan from Neel Veterinary Hospital. Our
Lifetime achievement recipient was awarded to Pam Crabtree. Also Christen Puckett-Smith gave out two President awards the
first going to Paul Berg who is our amazing web master for OVTA. Her second award went to her mentor and co-worker Debbie
Reed. On Saturday at the members breakfast Taylor Carruth awarded Kendall Sanford from Murray State College with the
Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association Scholarship.

During convention we were able to hear from some amazing speakers. They were able to teach us anything from how our
different personalities can work better with some than others, all the way to the best way to position your exotic animals while
taking radiographs in your clinics. The diversity of the speakers is always great, and it didn’t disappoint this year either.

We can’t wait to see everyone next year!

Shiloh McGee

OVTA Vice President

OVTA Lifetime Achievement Reciepent - Pam Crabtree OVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year - Sarah Sultan

OVTA President’s Award - Paul Berg OVTA President’s Award - Debbie Reed
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VETERINARIAN NEEDED medicine and surgery. Applicant must
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Deer Creek Animal Hospital is looking and be able to quickly develop a rapport
to add a 3rd full time veterinarian with our loyal clientele. Ideal candidates
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legacyCREATE A



The first $100,000 gifted towards the permanent endowment will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous OYE donor.
These funds will, yet again, be matched dollar for dollar by Mr. Bob Funk’s ONWARD Campaign, totaling $400,000.
Upon full funding of the endowment, four $5000 scholarships will be awarded annually.



– A high school senior 4-H or FFA member must participate in – $2500 will be distributed once the student is accepted to
OYE by showing an animal or competing in an OYE contest, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Health Sciences.
such as the Skillathon. The remaining $2500 will be distributed upon completion of the

– Student must attend an Oklahoma university for undergrad and student’s first year of veterinary school.
must be accepted to OSU College of Veterinary Health Sciences.

Endowment will be managed by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. All gifts are tax deductible.

Name State Zip Code
Business (Optional)
Mailing Address
Phone Number
Email Address
Amount Donated

Make checks out to: Mail checks to:
Oklahoma Youth Expo Oklahoma Youth Expo
Memo: Onward Endowment – Vet
500 NW 30th St
Oklahoma Youth Expo Oklahoma City, OK 73118
405.235.0404 Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association

[email protected]


Dr. ELizabeth Calabria
Dr. Elizabeth Calabria Dr. Jacob Boyer TEX ‘88
TEX’88 OKL ‘05 SA/Mixed
(580) 326-4573 SA (580) 326-4573
[email protected] (405) 255-8506 [email protected]
SE OK Preference [email protected] SE OK Preference
Dr. Camille Sieger
Dr. Sherry Craycraft Dr. Elizabeth Calabria OKL ‘09
OKL’ 08 TEX ‘88 SA
SA Mixed SA/Mixed (918) 248-9605
(405) 334-1834 (580) 326-4573 [email protected]
[email protected] [email protected] Dr. Kara Miligan
OSU ‘04
Dr. Stephanie Elliott Dr. Heather Cobb SA
OKL ‘13 OKL ‘85 (918) 500-3116
SA SA Dr. Dave Walker
(405) 614-0575 (405) 265-1866 KSU ‘79
[email protected] [email protected] SA
(505) 486-4179
Dr. Sarah Savage Dr. Bridget Duroche
OKL ‘14 AUB ‘04
ER/SA/Mixed SA
(918) 448-1680 (503) 891-3171
[email protected] [email protected]

Dr. Joanna Brackett Dr. Stacey Riffel
OKL ‘15 OKL ‘97
SA/Mixed SA
(918) 938-3184 (405) 330-8930
[email protected] [email protected]

Dr. Donna Cook Dr. Camille Sieger
OKL ‘84 OKL ‘09
(417) 543-0933 918) 284-9605
Dr. Curtis Smith [email protected]
OKL ‘92 Dr. Tami Spivey
Mixed OKL ‘96
(918) 938-3184 SA
Dr. Joe Cummins (405) 642-3529
OSU ‘66 [email protected]
SA/Mixed Dr. Mary Kay Webster
(806) 324-7428 OKL ‘02
(405) 923-6806
[email protected]

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