Dr. Jaclyn Ferdig DVM
Dr. Jaclyn Marie Ferdig, DVM, 29, passed away with family by her side at The
Bird House Johnson County Hospice Home on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Jaclyn
sustained a hypoxic brain injury at her home on
Feb. 25, of undetermined causes. Jaclyn fought hard
for five months to recover; however, her injuries were too severe. She is now at peace. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Family committal services will be held at the Welsh Pioneer Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Bird House Johnson County Hospice Home or to the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, both in Iowa City.
Jaclyn was born April 27, 1989, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Randy and Luanne (Neuzil) Ferdig. She had a passion for animals from a very young age, and was always willing to help animals, whether it be dog, cat, bird, snake, or any other creature Jaclyn found that was in need. In high school, Jaclyn took her first steps toward her dream of being a veterinarian by being employed as a veterinary assistant at the North Liberty Pet Clinic. Jaclyn was a girl with a mission who could create a plan and accomplish her tasks in a meticulous fashion. She graduated from Solon High School in 2007 as class valedictorian. Her plans and determination allowed all doors to be open to her for a bright and successful future.
Jaclyn graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Science in biology and animal ecology in May 2011. Jaclyn lived life to the fullest by taking studying abroad opportunities, including trips to Australia (2009), Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (2012) and South Africa (2014) to learn more about wildlife conservation and wild animal and exotic animal medicine. No opportunities for learning or adventure were ever missed. In May 2015, Jaclyn accomplished her dream by obtaining her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was eager to begin her veterinary career and apply her knowledge to small animals and exotic companion animals at her first veterinarian position with the Bradenton Veterinary Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
Jaclyn's relocation to Florida allowed her to live "life in paradise" while doing everything she loved. This included rescuing and caring for animals, shopping for antiques and collectibles, spending time at local music concerts/festivals with friends and relaxing on the beach. She strived to be the best at everything she did, and surpassed all expectations with flying colors. Her house full of furry babies (four dogs, 12 chinchillas and a green winged macaw) was added to on Oct. 24, 2017, with the arrival of her son, Flynn George. The few short months Jaclyn was able to experience motherhood showed everyone that nothing was impossible for her, as she was an excellent new mother.
Jaclyn is survived by her son, Flynn George; and her husband, Timothy Shoemaker of Bradenton; her parents, Randy and Luanne Ferdig of Tiffin; sisters, Jennifer Ferdig (Chuck Smith) of Cedar Rapids and Jessica Ferdig (Alex Andino) of Iowa City; and her four dogs, Ali, Luna, Yahtzee and Starfox.
Jaclyn was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, George and Ruth Ferdig; her maternal grandparents, Sylvester and Sandra Neuzil; and her dogs, Riley and Dakota.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.