Animal Conservation

In Memory – June 9, 2022

AVMA member

AVMA Honor Roll Member

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Joan M. Arnoldi

Dr. Arnoldi (Illinois ’63), 87, Cincinnati, died May 10, 2022. After graduating, she worked at a co-ed animal practice in Wausau, Wisconsin, focusing on companion animals. Dr. Arnoldi then joined the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce, and Consumer Protection, serving as director of Wisconsin Animal Health Laboratories and as a state veterinarian. In 1988, she began a career with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as manager of the animal protection and enforcement program. Dr. Arnoldi then headed the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for three years. She eventually served as APHIS Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinarian and retired as Associate Administrator in 1999.

Dr. Arnoldi later served as Michigan State Veterinarian and Director of the Animal Industry Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In 2009, she joined the AVMA as Deputy Director of the Animal Welfare Division, retiring in 2011. Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Arnoldi was a past president of the American Association of Medical Practitioners felines and represented the association on the AVMA House of Delegates from 1988 to 1994. She was also a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board and held several leadership positions with the United States Animal Health Association, including as Chair of its International Standards Committee.

In 2004, Dr. Arnoldi received the APHIS Animal Health Award. She leaves to mourn her family. Submissions may be addressed to the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Foundation, PO Box 6396, Visalia, CA 93290.

Morgan N. Bosch-Dombrowski

Dr. Bosch-Dombrowski (Ohio State ’16), 31, Brooksville, Fla., died Nov. 15, 2021. An equine veterinarian, she practiced at Advanced Equine Dentistry in Dade City, Fla. Dr. Bosch-Dombrowski is survived by her husband, Jacob Dombrowski.

Gary A.Carrier

Dr. Carrier (Missouri ’72), 73, Panama City, Fla., died April 22, 2022. After graduation, he served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for two years at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta , Georgia. Dr. Carrier then worked at Pasadena Veterinary Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He then established Baywood Veterinary Hospital in Cape Coral, Florida, where he practiced small animal medicine until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Carrier is survived by his wife, Rebecca; a daughter and a son; five grandchildren; and a brother. Submissions may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

Jennifer B. Davis

Dr. Davis (Auburn ’09), 44, Jacksonville, Fla., died April 16, 2022. She practiced small animal medicine at San Jose-Beauclerc Animal Hospital in Jacksonville. Dr. Davis previously worked at Deerwood Animal Clinic and Briarcliff Animal Hospital in Jacksonville. She was president of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Florida VMA. Dr. Davis has been active with the Golden Retriever Emergency Assistance Team Rescue of Northeast Florida. His mother and brother survive him. Submissions can be made at GREAT Rescue of NE Florida Inc., PO Box 600878, Jacksonville, FL 32259.

Steven J Helmink

Dr. Helmink (Illinois ’95), 51, Breese, Illinois, died April 1, 2022. After graduation, he worked in Washington County, Illinois before joining a practice in Breese . In 1999, Dr. Helmink established Clinton County Veterinary Services in Breese. He began farming full-time in 2021. Dr. Helmink was a member of the Illinois State VMA, Clinton County Farm Bureau, and Farm Credit Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; a daughter and two sons; his mother; and three brothers and two sisters. Memorials to the American Heart Association or St. Dominic’s Catholic Church may be made c/o Moss Funeral Home, 535 N. 5th St., Breese, IL 62230.

Robert M. Jackson

Dr. Jackson (Georgia 1984), 68, Lakeland, Fla., died Dec. 5, 2021. He owned Animal Medical Clinic, a small animal practice in Lakeland. Dr. Jackson was a member of the National Turkey Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association. Past president of the Lakeland Rotary Club, he was Paul Harris Fellow. Dr. Jackson is survived by his life partner, Nanette Jameson-Lee; his mother; and a sister and a brother.

Austin R. Johnson Sr.

Dr. Johnson (Georgia ’59), 87, Kinston, NC, died May 17, 2022. He founded Countryview Animal Hospital in Kinston. Active in his community, Dr. Johnson has served as president of parent-teacher associations and as a member of the local health department board of directors. He was also active in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Kinston Toastmasters Club. Dr. Johnson’s wife, Ellen; a girl; three grandchildren; and a brother survive him. Submissions may be sent to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Research Foundation, 4062 Peachtree Road, Suite A209, Atlanta, GA 30319.

William C. MacArthur

Dr. MacArthur (Michigan State ’94), 59, Bella Vista, Arkansas, died April 25, 2022. After graduation, he served as President and Director of Research and Development at Geneworks Inc., a company avian genetic research facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. MacArthur went on to found and served as Chief Veterinarian at Affordable Veterinary Services in Ann Arbor. He then served as chief medical officer and director of research and development at Zomedica in Ann Arbor. In recent years, Dr. MacArthur has worked at Hancock Veterinary Services in Bella Vista, Arkansas, and St. Francis Animal Hospital in Springdale, Arkansas. He is survived by two sons, his mother, a sister and two brothers.

William E. Norris

Dr. Norris (Ohio State ’42), 101, Altoona, Wisconsin, died Dec. 2, 2021. He practiced in Valders, Wisconsin, before retiring in 1986. Earlier in his career, Dr. Norris worked as an artificial insemination technician. in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and had a practice in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was a past president of the Northeastern Wisconsin VMA and served on the Wisconsin VMA Board of Directors. Active in his community, Dr. Norris has also served as Past President of the Valders Lions Club and served as Treasurer of the Valders School Board. He is survived by his life partner, Agnes Smieja-Larson; two sons; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Thomas W. Swerczek

Dr. Swerczek (Kansas State ’64), 82, Lexington, Kentucky, died Jan. 9, 2022. After graduating and earning his doctorate in animal pathology from the University of Connecticut, he joined the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Department of Environmental Veterinary Sciences. During his tenure, Dr. Swerczek was a professor and conducted research focusing on the potential impacts of electrolyte changes, particularly potassium and nitrate in winter pastures, and excesses or imbalances of these electrolytes in commercial cereals. He retired in 2018.

Known for his expertise in equine medicine, Dr. Swerczek performed a necroscopy on the famed racehorse secretariat in 1989 and discovered its abnormally large heart, credited by many for the horse’s dominance on the racetrack. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and was a reviewer for the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

Dr. Swerczek’s wife, Mary Ann; a daughter and a son; eight grandchildren; and two sisters and two brothers survive him. Submissions can be made at Catholic Action Center, 1055 Industry Road, Lexington, KY 40505; Bluegrass Palliative Care, 1733 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504; or Christ the King Cathedral, 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY 40502.