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Volume 26 • Issue 3

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Annual Convention


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Historic Practice: Veterinary Corner in Guthrie Page 10

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Executive Board 2013-2014 President Greg Campbell, DVM

President Elect Mark Shackelford, DVM

Vice President Yalonda Burton, DVM

Secretary/Treasurer Rosemarie Strong, DVM


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PRESIDENT’S REPORT GREG CAMPBELL, DVM Here’s to wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! It is amazing that yet another year has passed. It has been an honor serving you. As I end my tenure as president of this association, I would like to leave with a few forward-looking thoughts. The things accomplished since the last message are “in the record books” and will not be reiterated here. Imagine where veterinary medicine will be 10, 20, 50 years from today. What we do today may look like barbarism when we learn what the future holds. Gene therapy, tissue regeneration, electromagnetic pulse therapy, and so many other things yet to appear on our radar. Visualization—what a key skill. How many do you know who have a vision for their life in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years? How many can, without hesitation, describe to you their clear vision of personal fulfillment? Does it seem reasonable that it would be important to have some idea of where we are going and what we think we want to have happen so that we might know if we were on track to our goal or, in fact, were achieving it? The world of sports psychology seems to be built around the concept of visualization. Considerable effort is invested in individual athletes visualizing their winning pole vault, three point shot, or touchdown reception. Training our conscious and subconscious mind to focus on a well-established goal—be that a life goal, an advanced technique, a challenging communication, or a scary personal medical challenge—can help us soar. Recall the words of Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t; either way you’re right!” Around this time last year, as I was personally struggling with future directions,

I came across a then just-published book: One Word that will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. It is a quick and life-changing read. The basic premise of the book is that instead of making New Year’s resolutions that cannot be kept, a single word to live by is very carefully chosen. After some contemplation, my “one word” was GROWTH. I did my best to live this word both personally and professionally. The growth I have experienced is phenomenal. Contemplation of leaving the purported security of a long-standing tenured faculty position where additional growth was impossible was frightening almost to the point of paralysis. Seeking change and positive growth has had immense rewards. The absolute best aspect is that I can continue to serve the profession I love and continue to serve my fellow veterinarians that I love in a different and more rewarding capacity. Our fall board meeting discussion of the Sara Sladek book The End of Membership as We Know It was very good and was a healthy start. I pray that as an association, we can build on it. Realizing that change cannot be overnight, we MUST commit to change to remain relevant; or to even become relevant again. Another book I would highly recommend having a look at is Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, published by ASAE Center for Association Leadership. As we go forward we have multiple directions as an association. We can be RE-active, waving and screaming when threats arise— and they will. We can be IN-active and just continue with the status quo. Why not? It’s easy. There is minimal discomfort. Officers still get elected and just allow

time to pass, rejoicing when their tenure is up and return to their former lives with a title. Conventions and conferences still happen. The legislature still legislates. I confess my own timidity here; my own inactivity to this point. It’s embarrassing to think of how I could have been better, but just allowed time to flow along. Lastly, we can be PRO-active and put forth the energy and commitment, as an association to seriously look at WHO we are, WHAT we do, and more importantly, WHY we exist. As I transition away from the presidency, I thank you for your support in this year of GROWTH. I am more committed than ever to OVMA. In my new position, my employer supports and encourages involvement in organized veterinary medicine and I will be involved to a much greater degree than previously. I personally challenge every member to find their “One Word” and live by that word for the next year. More importantly, I challenge EVERY member of this association to make it what it truly can be. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi If there are questions or comments, please contact me. I have a new email and phone number: 405334-6293. Respectfully and humbly,

Greg Campbell, DVM Outgoing President

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Heather Austin, DVM Jordan Cassidy, DVM Jennifer Donofrio, DVM David Morales, DVM Matthew Nimmo, DVM Candice Page, DVM Jenn Patton, DVM

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I’d like to introduce Dr. Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland as our new staff veterinarian. Dr. G—as we call her in the office—is a 2007 graduate of OSU. She spent time on her grandparents’ dairy farm as a child, showed sheep in high school, participated with the livestock judging team at Connors State College, and earned a degree in Animal Science at OSU prior to vet school. She has been in private practice in Moore since graduation. Dr. G will be directing our Animal Disease Traceability, Emergency Management, Biological, Aquaculture, and Tissue Residue programs, in addition to answering import/export questions from producers and veterinarians and assisting our stakeholders with other problems. I hope that those of you who don’t already know Alicia get to meet her at either Fall Conference or the Annual Meeting in January. We are excited to have her on our team! The county and state fairs are over for another year. With cases of influenza being transmitted between swine and humans, these exhibitions have taken on a little more significance from a public health aspect. We are learning

A significant amount of influenza cases, where swine transmitted the illness to humans, occurred during fair season in 2013. Stock Photo that public health and veterinary pig that became ill. It was tested medicine are more closely related for influenza and was negative. than previously thought. At a Thanks to all of you who worked regional fair in northeast Arkanwith your county fair boards to sas, some swine suffering from educate them about the issue. influenza transmitted the illness PED (Porcine Epidemic to a small group of humans in Diarrhea) continues to create close contact with the animals. problems in our commercial Thankfully, none of the people swine operations. This could became seriously ill, but a few of be a catastrophic disease in a the pigs died. small show pig producer’s herd if In Oklahoma, we worked to exposure occurred during the fareducate exhibition personnel, vet- rowing period. If you have swine erinarians, and the public about breeders in your practice, please biosecurity, and our inspectors educate them about this disease spent extra time looking at the and help them set up biosecurity swine at the state fairs. Luckily, to protocols to prevent them bringour knowledge, we had only one ing the virus home from jackpot

or other swine exhibitions. We’re getting a lot of calls from you all and your clients about the requirements of the Animal Disease Traceability rule and how to meet those requirements. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the main changes that affect us in Oklahoma are that more cattle are required to have official individual identification applied and listed on their CVIs. The rule does require exhibition animals to have official identification, and this has created some issues for show swine producers traveling interstate. Most veterinarians are doing a great job of submitting regulatory documents weekly as we have asked, and we really appreciate that. We are continuing to look at different types of electronic CVIs, and there are some very cool things on the horizon. We plan on showing some of them at the OVMA Convention on the Thursday before the convention actually begins. We will have at least six hours of CE on that day. Please check out our website at and let us know how we can make it serve you better. Thanks for your help and cooperation. Please call us if we can help you.

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AVMA DELEGATE NEWS KEN BARTELS, DVM As we move forward to the Winter Meeting of the House of Delegates as well as the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago in January, I foresee much discussion and dissension on the governance changes proposed by the AVMA Task Force, as well as the Governance Engagement Team. There will be lots of time to talk and discuss before a final decision is made on whether or not state representation will be maintained at the House of Delegates level. I have confidence we will still have a House of Delegates, but changes, which include increased membership engagement on all issues, are extremely important. Most of us agree change needs to take place in how we gain input from general membership of the AVMA. How that is exactly achieved is the problem we must answer. This issue involves, in some people’s minds, state’s rights, which sounds like we are reviewing the Civil War. Let me assure you, constructive discussion is taking place which includes actually reviewing the AVMA mission statement and objectives themselves as proposed bylaw changes. I think, as your Delegate as well as a member of the Executive Committee, cool heads will prevail that include our District Director, Dr. Mike Whitehair. Another issue being sent foreword is to eliminate accreditation of foreign schools.


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There is tremendous concern we are producing too many veterinarians and some perception that foreign grads entering the U.S. are affecting this phenomenon and is considered important by some. As mentioned previously, our Economics Division at the AVMA is exploring the facts and the stats and proper evaluation of the numbers may convince us otherwise. This also includes consideration of the two new schools being opened in the U.S. in Tennessee and Arizona. I will keep you informed of events and policy changes as they occur. I realize many are concerned about the health care coverage, and I also wonder what is happening. I know OVMA and other groups are looking at group alternatives as they must. The AVMA’s GHLIT has information for you regarding policies available if you contact them. They will still play a part of providing life insurance as well as disability coverage if you want it. Play a part and express your viewpoints directly on the AVMA website: https//www. Do a little searching and you will be surprised what is on the website for direct member input that can potentially effect what you do in practice especially with the economics of our profession as well as the “Partners for Healthy Pets” strategies that are very well explained and could enhance your practice.

reflects your commitment and adedication to political activity and education of key issues that affect the veterinary professions. You, as OVMA members, are vital to our political activities and success. We cannot wait until a legislative bill activates us. We must develop and nurture our legislative contacts as often as we can.

The election/campaign for President-elect (Dr. Larry G. Dee of Florida and Dr. Joseph H. Kinnarney of North Carolina) is well under way. For Vice-President, Dr. Mark Russak and Dr. Rebecca Stinson are working hard. As I mentioned, with governance change, there will be more opportunity for OVMA members to step forward and be considered as potential candidates for Task Forces, Councils, and Committees as progress for more direct member involvement is instituted. Much of the AVMA policy determination and review takes place in these entities and often the time commitment is not as much as some would think considering the concept of virtual meetings and teleconferences. My commitment to you is to make certain our profession’s best interests are kept on the table and also represented to the best of my ability. Dr. Freeman and I seek your input, especially now, to make certain your ideas and concerns are brought forward in the open forum of discussion and objectively considered. Stay in touch!

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Winter 2013

OVTA REPORT CHRISTEN PUCKETT-SMITH, BS, RVT ‘Tis the season to be thankful! As I reflect on this past year, I’m thankful for many things. I’m proud to be an Oklahoman. I’m proud to be a registered veterinary technician. This year Oklahoma was slammed with a series of tornadic events that left thousands of Oklahomans homeless and even more animals displaced. I was blessed enough to play a small part in the efforts to get those animals triaged and returned to their owners. I’m proud of this profession and thankful for those opportunities. I’m thankful for my job. I work every day with potential future veterinary technicians. When I graduated from Murray State College, and passed my state and national boards, I never thought I would be working in academia. I’m thankful for this path. I would never know the joy of teaching and seeing hard work pay off, when students

leave our halls and graduate. I’m thankful for my colleagues who inspire and teach me on a daily basis. What are you thankful for? Family? Staff? Clients? Patients? I’m sure all of these top your lists. As the holidays sneak up on us, we need to remember what keeps us going. I know during a busy semester, it’s difficult for me to breath and remember why I should be thankful. What special things do you do for your staff/clients/patients for the holidays? A small gesture is enough to make someone feel appreciated. They are the reason you’re in business. I receive a Christmas card every year from my veterinarian and their staff. Last year, with it came a Christmas carol CD. I’m that special. This time of year is also when OVTA accepts nominations for Technician of the

Year. Your clinic is a well-oiled machine. Who’s running that machine? Does your technician stand above the rest? A nomination for technician of the year would be a great Christmas present, a very thoughtful gesture. Nominations will be taken through January 17, 2014. This award is to honor a veterinary technician who is currently registered and working in the state of Oklahoma and whose outstanding contributions have aided in elevating standards and improving methods of technical skills in the field of veterinary technology. Consider nominating your right hand registered technician for this honor. Nominations may be submitted to: Debbie Reed, BS, RVT

OVTA would like to make a correction from the 2013 Fall Issue. Pam Crabtree, RVT, wrote the article that covered the OVMA and OKMRC Disaster Training Session, not Christen Puckett-Smith, BS, RVT. Thank you Pam for your contribution.

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The year 2013 is fast coming to an end. We have celebrated many clinics’ 50 year anniversaries, including our own Oklahoma State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Today, I write about a little clinic that sits on an acre corner in Guthrie at the junction of I-35 and Highway 33. I had the pleasure of actually sitting down and talking with one of the original owners of the Veterinary Corner in Guthrie. Dr. James Sewell, who graduated from OSU in 1958, started working at Veterinary Corner right out of vet school with Dr. E.Y. Detjin. Detjin built Veterinary Corner in 1956. (Dr. Detjin was also a past president of the OVMA.) Dr. Sewell became a partner in the practice in 1959. Back when Veterinary Corner was still considered to be on the outskirts of town, it was a large animal practice, focusing on cattle, horses, and hogs. With two practice owners and an associate, they easily logged 50,000 miles per doctor in farm calls. They


also spent up to seven hours each day out in the field. By 1965, they built shoots and corrals to accommodate their clientele. Recently, Guthrie has been slowly growing as a bedroom community and tourist attraction. Gone are most of the ranches that supported the Veterinary Corner but that is okay with Dr. Sewell. There are three associates that keep the clinic running, Dr. Raymond Zinn, Dr. Dan Wagnon, and Dr. Gayla Salvati. They consider the clinic a mixed practice with most of the clients coming to the clinic. The shift over the years has been small animals with about only 20 percent being large animal—cattle, sheep, goats, horses—or chickens. In fact, farm calls have dwindled to 10,000 miles annually for all three doctors combined. When asked about any big changes Dr. Sewell and his clinic have seen in the last 57 years, Dr. Sewell laughed with a big toothy grin.

“It truly amazes me what people will do for their pets today,” he said. “It used to be that a sick sheep was a dead sheep. So you didn’t treat sheep. Now I treat sheep.” It’s not just the treatment of sheep Dr. Sewell has seen change. “Clients are bringing in chickens as pets. Never would I have imagined spaying a chicken,” he said, “but one of my associates Dr. Gayla Salvati did, and it survived. I remember when you just ate chickens.” Guthrie has been lucky to have Dr. Detjin and Dr. Sewell caring for their livestock and pets these last 57 years. Guthrie continues to be lucky with Dr’s. Zinn, Wagnon, and Salvati to carry on the legacy that is Veterinary Corner. I think this clinic should be on the historic homes tour. It is definitely a part of Guthrie history and veterinary medicine too.

-Kimberly Weiss, DVM History Committee

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LETTER REGARDING INSURANCE CHANGES MIKE BASS Dear OVMA Members: In response to the impending December 31st, 2013 cancellation of the AVMA medical insurance program, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association has partnered with TexCap-Concord Insurance Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield to assist members with new medical insurance options. A secure quoting link is now available for all of our OVMA veterinarians, their families and also their staff members. BlueCross BlueShield offers the most extensive network of providers in the state of Oklahoma, with physicians and facilities located throughout

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the state. As a BlueCross BlueShield member, you are also eligible to utilize providers in their nationwide network when traveling. BlueCross BlueShield will be offering all OVMA members a variety of plan options to choose from such as HSA’s (Health Savings Accounts), PPO’s and HMO plans. Each plan will have different deductible options, annual out of pocket maximums and premium ranges to choose from to allow you to customize your plan based on your family’s needs. Members are now able to access this new BCBS Express Link located on the OVMA website to view the new 2014 plan designs, get rates, and

submit a medical application. This is the official OVMA member’s link, and is the most efficient way to apply for coverage. If you have any questions regarding the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare, the BlueCross BlueShield plans, need guidance through the online quoting link or with the online application process, please contact our brokerage partners at TexCap-Concord Insurance. They are here to guide and assist you through these new changes. Their representatives are listed below for your convenience.

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More than 100 Members Strong!

We continue to experience great support. From a steering committee of six organizations formed just three years ago, Partners for Healthy Pets now boasts more than 106 members including local, regional, provincial, international and state VMAs, other non-profit associations, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary trade media. Together, we continue to advance the Partners for Healthy Pets cause – educating pet owners on the importance of preventive healthcare. More than 3,500 Veterinary Practices Involved! Having largely achieved the goal of gaining wide support among professional organizations and the animal health industry, our attention in July turned to engaging companion animal practices in the campaign. The Practice Enrollment Program launched at about the time of the AVMA Convention, with recruitment efforts spearheaded by the sales representatives of our member companies. AVMA, AAHA, and NAVTA recently en-

couraged enrollments among their memberships as well, and as of early November, over 3,500 practices had formally enrolled. All enrolled practices receive a monthly e-newsletter, along with various campaign creative elements that practices can use in their own pet owner materials. Campaign elements distributed to date include press releases and digital banner ads that practices can add to their own websites. Future issues will include content for practice newsletters and blogs for websites. The e-newsletters also provide practices with information about where print and digital ads are appearing, as well as easy access to stories form colleagues detailing their successful use of tools from the Partners web site. By using these materials, practices reach their inactive clients and demonstrate their commitment to the importance of at least annual checkups.

FOUNDATION MEMORIALS PET MEMORIALS • 15th Street Veterinary Group • Marlow Veterinary Clinic • Sandy Creek Veterinary Care • The Mobile Pet Vet • James & Esther Perry /Emily Cefalo • Warwick Animal Hospital

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OVMA Relief Veterinarian List Statewide • Bill Barrett, AUB ‘69, SA/Mixed, (903) 564-3136 • Jimmy Fuchs, OKL, ‘77, SA / Mixed, 580-225-7784 • Paul Schmitz, OKL ‘82, SA Only, (918) 259-9460 • Charles Reavis, Jr., OKL ‘80, SA/Mixed, 918-225-8501 • Nick Mosier, OKL, ‘09, SA, 580-320-3081 • Valerie Bays, OKL, ‘05, SA, 405-388-5560 or 405-702-2798 • Kathleen Snyder, OKL ‘12 SA/Mixed, 405-642-2872 • Elizabeth Calabria, TEX ‘88 SA/Mixed, 580-326-4573 • Chris Bellinger, OKL ‘10 Mixed, 405-481-9392

Oklahoma City Area (405 Area Code unless indicated otherwise) • Heather Cobb, OKL ‘85, SA, 789-2206 • Mary Kay Webster, OKL ‘02, SA, 923-6806 • Tami Spivey, OKL ‘96, SA, 642-3529 • Stacey Riffel, OKL ‘97, SA, 330-8930 • Jacob Boyer, OKL, ‘05, SA, 255-8506 • Camille Sieger, OKL, ‘09, SA 735-9697 • Kim Weiss, OKL, ‘99, SA/Exotic, 204-0612 • Phil McKinney, OKL, ‘74, SA, 918-694-5566 • Amy Auwarter, GA, ‘04, SA, 706-338-2154 • Kathleen Snyder, OKL ‘12 SA/Mixed, 642-2872 • Elizabeth Calabria, TEX ‘88 SA/Mixed, 580-326-4573 • Chris Bellinger, OKL ‘10 Mixed, 481-9392 • Kyle German, OKL ‘10 SA, 405-596-6758 • Rya Gouge, OKL ‘12 SA, 512-695-6840 • Bonnie Boone, OKL ‘90 SA, 405-823-3546 • John Calhoun, OKL ‘89 SA, 405-378-0783

Tulsa and Northeast (918 Area Code unless indicated otherwise) • Charles Clinkenbeard, KSU ‘64, Mixed, 333-5848 • Erica Wallace, LSU, ‘06, Mixed, 549-0333 • Jonathan Stout, OKL, ‘02, SA, 557-9687 or 396-0216 • Carolynne Cash, OKL, ‘96, SA/Mixed, 346-0823 • Camille Sieger, OKL, ‘09, SA, 405-735-9697 • Phil McKinney, OKL, ‘74, SA, 694-5566 • Kathleen Snyder, OKL ‘12 SA/Mixed, 405-642-2872 • Elizabeth Calabria, TEX ‘88 SA/Mixed, 580-326-4573 • Chris Bellinger, OKL ‘10 Mixed, 405-481-9392 • Carolyn Fairless, TEX ‘89 SA, 918-625-5200

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UNIVERSITY NEWS Dean Sander, DVM As always, things at the college continue to evolve. We are pleased to announce a few new faculty members who will soon be joining our ranks. Dr. Shane Lyon, a small animal internist, starts in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences on October, 31, 2013. He comes to us from the Las Vegas Specialty Center. Dr. Cory Wall, a diagnostic imaging specialist, will join the CVHS family on Dec. 29, 2013. We are very excited to welcome these new faculty members to our ranks of veterinary medical specialists. We also are embarking on a search for a new Department Head for the Department of Physiological Sciences. Dr. Larry Stein has been serving as interim for over a year now and we are very pleased to be able to move towards recruitment of a permanent Head. On the flip side we are still looking for the right person to lead the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. We will keep this search open until we have successfully identified and recruited the next Director of OADDL. In the meantime Dr. Jerry Ritchey has been very successful at implementing some of the needed changes to the lab in preparation for our continued accreditation bid with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). On the research front, Dr. Dianne McFarlane was awarded the 2013 Regents Distinguished Research Award and Dr. Mason Reichard was the 2013 recipient of the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Lin Liu was success-

ful in his application for a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) grant. These grants are offered by the National Institute of Health and run for 5 years. The CVHS CoBRE grant is a collaborative effort of five colleges and universities and is intended to develop new, young researchers and to build a research infrastructure to support these new researchers. The grant includes a variety of program projects made up of scientific cores in the area of immunology, molecular biology, animal models, etc. Out of this grant will come the establishment of the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases. We are proud of the great success we have in the discovery of new knowledge, which benefits the profession by providing cutting edge technologies and means of disease identification, treatment, and prevention. In my last communique I mentioned the CVHS activities centered around the tornadoes last May. I want to express my thanks to the OVMF for initiating the Oath in Action project as a follow-up to the great efforts provided by the veterinary profession. I think it is a wonderful way to tell our story and share with the folks of Oklahoma and the country the level of compassion and caring we have for animals and the people who love them. Let’s not forget the well-deserved honors bestowed upon some of our outstanding faculty. Dr. Mike Lorenz was awarded the 2013 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jim Lish was

Mark your Calendars OVMA Convention Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014

The 99th annual convention will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in OKC.


Spay Day Feb. 25, 2014

Join your fellow veterinarians for a day of service. Pledge the cost of at least one spay procedure to OVMF.

awarded the 2013 Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award. We are also proud of our new Teaching Fellows, Drs. Robin Allison and Melanie Breshears, selected for their outstanding teaching skills. The high quality of our teachers is what allows us to produce the career ready veterinarians that OSU is known for. But this outstanding faculty could not do what they do without our ability (and success) at recruiting and training outstanding students. Two up-and-comers to keep your eyes on are J.D. Folsom and Holt Tripp both of whom were recognized by the AABP as recipients of the Amstutz award. Progress continues to be made on the new building to house our Veterinary Clinical Sciences faculty. We are on schedule to break ground in 2014 with a construction period expected to last 18 months. We are all very excited to see this finally come to fruition; however, the fundraising for the auditorium portion of the academic center is still in progress. If the needed funds can be raised through donations while we are building the office building, the college will be able to realize a cost savings. If you are interested in supporting the educational mission of the CVHS please consider directing your donation dollars to the Academic Center. Remember these donations are tax deductible. Thanks to all the folks who help support the exciting and impactful activities going on in the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. For more details visit

Golf Tournament May 6, 2014

Take to the links at the club at Indian Hills in Tulsa. Tee-off time is set for 1:00 p.m.

OVMA Communique Managing Editor Jana Black Editor Josh Hutton The OVMA Communique is the newsletter of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. The editor reserves the right to edit copy according to space and contact guidelines and limit advertising space for single advertisers as appropriate. Opinions expressed in these contents are strictly those of the author(s) and are not necessarily endorsed by OVMA

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99th Annual Convention


regist ration + Guide

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INDEX At a Glance...........................................17 Important Dates....................................18 Hotel Information..................................18 Thursday Schedule...............................19 Friday Schedule....................................20 Saturday Schedule................................20 Speaker Bios.........................................21 Membership Form.................................23

OVERWHELMED? Wondering how you’ll keep up with all convention has to offer?

Just download OVMA’s 2014 Convention App. The app provides a map, event information, and speaker bios.

WELCOME To OVMA’s Convention Guide and Registration We hope the information in the next few pages not

only inform, but also excite you, concerning this year’s event. Included within this guide is everything you need to know about convention—a detailed schedule of events, short biographies about our speakers, and hotel information. Thank you for being an integral part of OVMA, and we can’t wait to see you in January.

OVMA 2014 Conference Committee Mark Shackelford - Chair Mike Pruitt - Food Animal Chair Troy McNamara - Small Animal Chair Suzanne Dunkerly - Equine Chair Tom McCoy - Practice Management Debbie Reed - Exhibits - OVTA

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HOW TO REGISTER Advanced or on-site registration is required for admission to the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association’s 99th Annual Convention and Expo. Convention Registration Fees are indicated on the registration form, located in the back of the guide. Registrants are encouraged to examine the Convention Program and attend any sessions of interest. All Courses and seminars offered are available to you. Meals are included in the registration only if the boxes are checked. To receive a ticket for the box lunch on Friday and membership lunch on Saturday, you must check the box on the registration form. Life and Retired members are required to register if attending the CE. Cost is half of regular registration and includes meals.

Early registration is strongly recommended. Complete the 2014 OVMA registration form and return it with your check made payable to the OVMA. Anyone registering after December 31 will pay an additional fee of $50.

You may also register online at

Rabies Titers Rabies boosters will be available this year. Cost is unavailable at this time and payable at convention. You must pre-order the vaccine with your convention registration. You can also visit the Rabies booth outside the exhibit hall and get your titer checked. Walk-ups are welcome. You do not need an appointment.

PAST PRESIDENT’S BREAKFAST Those that have led the OVMA during this millennium will come together for the past presidents breakfast on FRIDAY morning at 6:30 a.m. By invitation only.

FCV The Christian Veterinary Mission breakfast will be FRIDAY morning at 6:30 a.m. The speakers will be Drs. Angie and Bill DuBois.

MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST AND ANNUAL MEETING Join us for the annual membership meeting Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. Mentors can also bring their students as a guest, at no addititonal charge.



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IMPORTANT DATES December 31, 2013

January 30, 2014

January 31, 2014

Deadline for Hotel Reservations OVMA Executive Board meeting Regular Convention Sessions start Deadline for Early Registration Convention begins

February 1, 2014

January 10, 2014 Registration fee refund deadline. NO REFUNDS after this date.

Regulatory daytime session and Convention ends at 5:30 general session that evening p.m.


Renaissance Hotel 10 N Broadway Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Phone: 405.228.8000

Rates: King and Double - $109 King and Double Suite - $139

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THURSDAY • Jan. 30 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Executive Board Meeting

5:30 p.m. 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Executive Board Dinner

7:00-8:00 p.m. 8:00-9:00 p.m.


General Session

Screening of May Tornado Documentary

9:00-10:00 p.m

General Session

FRIDAY • Jan. 31 6:30-8:00 a.m.

FCV Breakfast Past President’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m.


Schedule continued on p. 20


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FRIDAY CONTINUED Food Animal 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Richard Prather

Equine Ted Stashak


Practice Mgt.

Steve Swaim

Courtney Bru

General Accreditation

9:30-10:15 a.m. ---------------------------------------Exhibit Grand Hall Opening------------------------------------------------------ 10:15-Noon

Justin Roach/Rod Hall

Ted Stashak

Steve Swaim

Courtney Bru


11:30-1:00 p.m. -----------------------------------------------Legacy Lunch--------------------------------------------------------------------Noon-1:00 p.m. ---------------------------------------------Lunch • Exhibit Hall-------------------------------------------------------------1:00-2:00 p.m. Cade Coppenbarger

Ted Stashak

Steve Swaim

Courtney Bru


2:00-2:30 p.m. -----------------------------------------------------Break--------------------------------------------------------------------------2:30-3:30 p.m.

D.L. Step

Ted Stashak

Steve Swaim

Courtney Bru

Carl Britton

3:30-4:00 p.m. ----------------------------------------------------Break---------------------------------------------------------------------------4:00-5:00 p.m. D. Matousek/J. Stock

Ted Stashak

Steve Swaim

Courtney Bru

Carl Britton

5:00-6:30 p.m. -----------------------------------------Dogs of Lexington Screening-------------------------------------------------------7:00-9:00 p.m. ------------------------------------------Late Night CE • Technicians---------------------------------------------------------

SATURDAY • Feb. 1 Food Animal





6:30-8:00 a.m. -------------------------------------------Membership Breakfast------------------------------------------------------------7:00 a.m.


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Meredyth Jones

Ted Stashak

Teresa DeFrancesco

Angela Wall


9:30-10:15 a.m. ----------------------------------------------------Break--------------------------------------------------------------------------10:15-12:00 p.m. Meredyth Jones

Ted Stashak

Teresa DeFrancesco

Early Spay Neuter


12:00-2:00 p.m. -----------------------------------------------Awards Lunch--------------------------------------------------------------------2:00-3:00 p.m.

Meredyth Jones

Jason Grady

Teresa DeFrancesco

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Meredyth Jones

Jason Grady

Teresa DeFrances

Ruth Steinberger


4:15-4:30 p.m. ----------------------------------------------------Break--------------------------------------------------------------------------4:30-5:30 p.m.

Meredyth Jones

Jason Grady

Teresa DeFrancesco

Total amount of CE = 17 hours 20

Board of Examiners


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SPEAKERS AND TOPICS Editor ’s note: the information below is what was available at our print deadline. For final speaker and topic information, visit our website at

Carl Britton

Britton is the founder and President of In Their Face Marketing, an online marketing firm that specializes in social media marketing, web design, email marketing, and SEO. Carl is the author of the book “Facebook for Independent Pharmacy,” which can be used as a basic step-by-step guide for business owners. He is a public speaker on topics ranging from

Courtney Bru

Bru provides representation on state and federal labor and employment law matters. She works with employers, HR personnel and managers to develop policies and practices designed to reduce risk, liability and protect against employment-related claims.

Terri DeFrancesco DeFrancesco, an Associate Professor in Cardiology and Critical at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has more than 20 years of experience. She graduated from Cornell University. She holds a DVM, Cardiology. She has also held ECC residencies at NCSU CVM, ECC

basic business marketing to online safety for children. Britton has the pleasure of assisting business across the nation with their marketing needs. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma with an emphasis on Business and Marketing. Britton lives in Moore, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife Nicky and their three dogs.

Bru graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2002, and then she earned her J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School in 2005. She has been listed as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers (2009-2013).

DACVIM- Cardiology, DACVECC. In recognition for her work, DeFrancesco was a two-time recipient of the Norden Award. She specializes in the treatment of heart failure. She is also interested in cardiac biomarkers and management of preclinical heart disease.

Bill and Angie DuBois Bill DuBois is a 1996 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Vet. Med. After graduation he worked in mixed animal practice in Oklahoma and Kansas before returning to OSU to do a residency for ABVP board certification in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. Bill was on faculty in the Large Animal Department at the University of Tennessee, then worked in feedlot production medicine , and is currently working in swine

production medicine. Angie DuBois is a 1999 graduate Oklahoma State University College of Vet. Med. She has worked in small animal emergency medicine since graduating and has practiced at clinics in Tulsa, OK, Knoxville, TN, and Denver, CO. Angie is currently working at Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in Oklahoma City.


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Jason Grady Grady earned his DVM at Kansas State University. He was named a diplomate to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is an equine veterinarian at the

Meredyth Jones

Meredyth graduated with her DVM from the Oklahoma State University in 2002. She later returned to earn a Master’s degree in 2006. She was named a diplomate to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Ted Stashak

Dr. Stashak received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1971. He then completed an internship and a surgical residency at Colorado State University. Dr. Stashak received a MS degree from Colorado State University in 1974 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary

Steven Swaim

Swaim received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1965. He later earned an MS from Auburn University in 1971. He presently acts as Professor Emeritus at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Awards include: Ralston Purina, Small Animal Research Award – Reconstructive Surgery,

Angela Wall

Wall received her BS in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked as a mathematics teacher at both Washington High School and Moore High School. She also worked as a tutor at the Moore-Norman Technology Center.


Sapulpa Equine Hospital. His areas of interest include: neonatology, ophthmalogy, endocrine disease, and infectious disease.

She’s presently an assistant Professor at Texas A & M. She specializes in food animals. Her research focuses on beef cattle lameness, small ruminant parasite management and urolithiasis, and student learning methods.

Surgeons in 1977. Dr. Stashak is the editor and major author of the 4th and 5th editions of Adams’ Lameness in Horses; major author of the 6th edition of Adams’ and Stashak’s Lameness in Horses; Editor and primary author of the 1st edition of Equine Wound Management.

1984, American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinarian of the Year, 1999, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Merit Award – 2003. He specializes in Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery, with more than 38 years of experience.

Presently, she is the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics PMP educator. Her research has seen publication by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, as well as the State Board of Pharmacy and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation, Inc.

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Application for Membership Please Print Legibly Last Name: ___________________________________ First: ________________________________M.I: ______ Full Name: (Name you go by)___________________________________________________________________________________ Business/Clinic Name: __________________________________________________________________ ________ Business Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ _ City:_____________________________ State: ________________ Zip: ____ ______ OK County Business Phone: _________________________ Fax: _______________________ E-Mail: ______ _____________ Home Address: __________________________________________ Home Phone: _____________ __ __________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________ Cell Phone:_________________________________ Preferred Mailing Address: Home _____ Business _____ Male _____ Female _____ Birth Date: ____________________ Spouse’s Name: _______________________ OK Congressional District Oklahoma License Number (if applicable): States Where Licensed: Vet School: ___________________________________________________________________ Year Graduated: ________________ Board Certification: ________________________________ Other Degrees: ___________ ______________________ Membership in other Veterinary Associations: _______________ __ ________________________________________ Referring Member/Veterinarian:________________________________ Have you ever been an OVMA member? No_____ Yes _____ PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY: (Indicate your major activity) ___ 12 Avian ___ 01 Bovine (exclusive) ___ 13 Administration ___ 02 Equine (exclusive) ___ 14 Animal Technician Educ. ___ 03 Porcine ___ 15 Diagnostic ___ 04 Large Animal (all species) ___ 16 Extension Service ___ 05 Mixed Practice (predom inantly large) ___ 17 Industrial ___ 06 Mixed Practice (50/50) ___ 18 Laboratory Animal Medicine ___ 07 Mixed Practice (predom inantly sm all) ___ 19 Military Veterinary Medicine ___ 08 Small Animal ___ 20 Regulatory Vet Medicine ___ 09 Poultry ___ 21 Teaching ___ 10 Feline (exclusive) TYPE OF EMPLOYER: (Check only one) ___ 50 Armed Forces ___ 51 College/University ___ 52 Government, Federal ___ 53 Government, State ___ 55 Industry Employee

___ 56 Private Practice ___ 57 Retired ___ 58 Salaried Agricultural ___ 59 Self Employed ___ 60 Not in Active Practice

___ 22 Research ___ 23 Veterinary Public Health ___ 24 Wildlife, Zoo & Furbearing ___ 25 Other ___ 26 Intern/Resident ___ 27 Mobile Service ___ 28 Relief Veterinarian ___ 99 Unknown ___ Allied Industry Type of Industry: ___ 61 Corporate Practice ___ 62 Other ___ 63 Relief Veterinarian ___ Allied Industry

I would be willing to serve on the following committee(s) (please rate choices as 1, 2, 3 etc.) Animal Welfare/Human Animal Bond By-Laws Conference Outreach for Wellness Public Education Historical

Legislative OSU/OVMA Liaison Veterinarian Technician Advisory OK State Fair Task Force Tulsa Fair Task Force Web Site Task Force

Fiscal Year July 1 through June 30 Select One: _____ Active Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $305.00 _____ Allied Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $305.00 _____ Non-Resident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 152.50 _____ Retired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 152.50 _____ New Graduate (1st fiscal year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gratis New Graduate (2nd fiscal year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 76.25 _ New Graduate (3rd fiscal year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 152.50 New Member Application Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 15.00 TOTAL


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