Dr. Tony Forshey, Chief of Animal Health and State Veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, received the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's prestigious Chairman's Award during the organization's annual conference. The Chairman's Award is given to an outstanding volunteer for his unselfish dedication and tireless devotion to the advancement of animal agriculture.
"Dr. Forshey's passion for animal agriculture has had a positive impact on countless producers and veterinarians across the country, with his thoughts and guidance helping animal agriculture think of where it is and where it should be," states Dr. Robert Fourdraine, Chairman of NIAA's Board. "His innovative thinking and leadership motivates others.
"Dr. Forshey also takes the art of listening to a new level. He possesses a knack for listening to people and helping them develop and achieve significantly more than they ordinarily would. This skill is evident in all areas of his professional life. If you want to think 'big' and understand what's possible, just be around Dr. Forshey for a minute or two."
Dr. Forshey practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years, with an interest in swine production, and has served on several major swine health manufacturer advisory boards including Elanco Animal Health, Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health), Newport Laboratories and Schering Plough. Dr. Forshey is a 1977 graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and for the past 10 years, he has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He also serves as vice chair of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board; co-chair of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Swine Subcommittee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In 2010, Dr. Forshey received the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award. From November 2011 through February 2012, Dr. Forshey was Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Source: National Institute For Animal Agriculture news release
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