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  News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                    Summer 2010

John P. O'Mara Receives MVMA Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

John P. O’Mara, DVM received the 2010 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is being given in honor of Dr. O’Mara’s years of dedicated and outstanding service to the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, as the first “President’s Mentor” and for his continued involvement and leadership of the Legislative and Technicians Committees. His enthusiasm and drive are a testament to the definition of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1970, Dr. O’Mara practiced in Limerick, Pennsylvania for two years and then Beltsville Veterinary Hospital in Beltsville, Maryland until 1975. The same year he established a practice in Ellicott City, MD known as Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital. In 1982, he with a group of veterinarians funded and started the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in a renovated gas station in Elkridge, MD. In

1990 the practice had grown, requiring it to move to a larger facility in Catonsville, Maryland.

Between 1990 and 2004, Dr. O’Mara served on several boards including an appointed position to the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, where he served for five years as president of the board.

In 2004, Dr. O’Mara semi-retired from veterinary practice and became active in Maryland Veterinary Medical Association affairs. He has also served as president for the MVMA for two years. Dr. O’Mara is currently a participant in the North American Veterinary Education Consortium and is charged with insuring veterinary medical education meets the needs of our changing society.

Dr. O’Mara received a Governor’s Citation for service as a member and president of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in 2004. In 2005, he received the Maryland Distinguished Veterinarian Award presented by the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. O’Mara currently resides in Ellicott City, MD with his wife Judy. They have two children and two grandchildren. As a leader and past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. O’Mara has demonstrated sincere commitment and strong leadership; a testament to the definition of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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