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Local Veterinarian Honored with OVMA's Distinguished Service Award

Columbus, OH, March 06, 2011 --( Veterinarian George Kukor of Westerville was recently recognized for outstanding contributions to his profession with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's (OVMA) Distinguished Service Award. The award, presented by OVMA President Dr. Jason Johnston, recognizes an individual for exemplary service, commitment and dedication to the veterinary community.

"During his career, he has never stopped giving back to the profession he loves," Dr. Johnston said at an awards ceremony during the OVMA's annual Midwest Veterinary Conference." His contributions have spanned three decades and have helped to shape the OVMA into what it is today."

Dr. Kukor was instrumental in founding the OVMA's member newsletter, The Observer, which was established at the request of then-OVMA President Dr. Dave Drenan. Since its inception in 1973, Dr. Kukor has remained involved, regularly contributing a column of member news and events. After nearly 40 years of writing what he referred to as his "gossip column," Dr. Kukor put down his pen in January.

"The assignment was much like the ditch whose length went on and on, because no one told the diggers when to stop," Dr. Kukor wrote in his final column. "Dr. Dave (Drenan) never set a completion date, so here I am still working on the newsletter."

When presenting the award, Dr. Johnston concluded: "His column is arguably the most-read section of the OVMA newsletter. No doubt his readers will miss his insightful observations and witty commentary."

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA's principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

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