Dr. Mark Armfelt, DVM, was inducted into the The Ohio State University Dairy Science Hall of Service on March 22 at the Department of Animal Sciences Evening of Excellence Recognition Banquet.
Dr. Armfelt was born in Cleveland, OH, and he spent several weeks each summer in Westfield, NY where his uncle and aunt had a dairy and grape farm. Following graduation from high school, Mark enrolled at OSU, majoring in forestry. During his freshman year, an emergency trip to the OSU Veterinary Clinic significantly altered his career path. After being told at the Clinic that his puppy would be all right after getting hit by a car, he decided on a career where he could relieve animal suffering and owners' anxiety.
Following his graduation from vet school in 1977, he started a mixed large and small animal practice in Knox County where 90% of his large animal work was with dairy. In 1998, he achieved the distinction of American Bovine Veterinary Practitioner Board Certification in Dairy Practice.
During his time in practice, Dr. Armfelt's expertise in dairy production allowed him to serve as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. In 2000, he began working full time for Monsanto as a Technical Services Veterinarian, and today, he is a Dairy Technical Consultant with Elanco Animal Health. Over the last 14 years, Dr. Armfelt has provided support on the profitability of milk production to dairy producers across Ohio, providing unbiased, scientifically based information in an unassuming manner.
Dr. Armfelt lectures 3 to 5 times a year to students in formal classes and to food animal student organizations. He helped organize over a decade ago, and continues to participate in annually, the dairy capstone class for graduating vet students and graduate students in the Animal Sciences. His contributions include lectures, case studies, and financial underwriting of events. Specifically, Dr. Armfelt's background growing up in the city and becoming a D.V.M. Diplomate resonates with many students sharing a similar childhood.
Dr. Armfelt has certainly made substantial and noteworthy contributions toward the improvement of the dairy industry in Ohio and inspired many students enrolled at The Ohio State University.