Statement from Director Dorothy Pelanda on the Passing of State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey

Posted: November 28th, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) shares the passing of longtime State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. Dr. Forshey was a leader in animal health; both well known, and well respected.

Dr. Forshey had a passion and commitment to agriculture and animal health. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University and practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years, with a major interest in swine production. He served as the State Veterinarian and Chief of Animal Health at ODA for 15 years. Dr. Forshey held numerous leadership roles at the national level, serving on the Board of Directors for the United States Animal Health Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

It was a privilege to know Dr. Forshey. He left a lasting mark on the Ohio Department of Agriculture, our state, and our nation.