November 27, 2021
Dr. Tony Forshey, chief of the Division of Animal Health in Ohio, has died.
Forshey received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree The Ohio State University and practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years with an interest in swine production. He served as the State Veterinarian and Chief of Animal Health at ODA for 15 years.
Forshey held numerous leadership roles at the national level, serving on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Animal Health Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
He served on several major swine health manufacturer advisory boards including Elanco Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health, Newport Laboratories and Schering Plough.
His honors and awards include: the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Chairman's Award (2012); the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award (2010); Ohio Pork Producers Council Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Ohio Swine Industry (1998); the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's Meritorious Award for service to the Ohio Swine Industry(1997); the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Shenandoah High School, Sarahsville, Ohio (1996); Who's Who in American Society and Business Citation (1992); and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine (1987).
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