Oregon VMA

Published on April 26, 2017
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​Dr. Benjamin Braat ​Dena Coyner ​Judy Tate

​Dr. Bob Franklin Dr. Amelia Simpson

Event: Oregon Veterinary Conference, March 3-5, Corvallis
Awards: Veterinary Service Award: Dr. Benjamin Braat, Albany. A 1966 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Braat owns Linn Veterinary Hospital in Albany. He also provides care for the animals at the Linn County 4-H Club and National FFA Organization Fair and works closely with the county’s animal shelter. Dr. Braat serves as treasurer of the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association, an organization that he helped establish. He is a past member of the OVMA Continuing Education Committee. Practice Manager of the Year: Dena Coyner, Redmond. Practice manager for Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Redmond, Coyner is in charge of employee recruitment and compliance with federal, state, and professional regulations. She also oversees the clinic’s financial operations, computer systems, website, and social media presence. President’s Award: Judy Tate, Portland. Tate is a certified veterinary technician at Fremont Veterinary Clinic in Portland. She has served on the OVMA State Fair Committee for almost 30 years and helped establish the Veterinary Paraprofessional Association, an organization that broadens the education and training of veterinary assistants and technicians.
Business: Discussions were held on Oregon senate bills 222 and 785, the former being the state’s version of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act and the latter being restriction of the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food production. The association is opposed to both bills as presented. Also discussed was the AVMA’s federal legislation on drug compounding, with the OVMA supporting practitioners having access to compounded medications, including having some stock on hand for emergency cases. With the support of the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon, the association is developing a packet on disaster preparedness as well as developing and recording a daylong presentation on veterinarians’ role in identifying and documenting animal neglect and abuse.
Officials: Drs. Bob Franklin, Portland, president; Amelia Simpson, Portland, president-elect; Jay Fineman, Newport, treasurer; and Jean Hall, Corvallis, immediate past president