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,
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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