Posted by Craig Buhrendorf

Dr. Arnold Goldman is well-known in our community as a veterinarian. After several years working in general practices as well as emergency and critical care practice, he opened Canton Animal Hospital in 1995. Arnie earned his Master of Public Health degree in 2011 and is one of a very few veterinarians accredited as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.


Over the years Dr. Goldman has received numerous awards, including recognition by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association as Connecticut Veterinarian of the Year in 2005 and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 2017. In addition, he has served terms on the boards and as president of the Hartford County VMA, Connecticut VMA and New England VMA. Currently he is serving a six year term as Treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Locally, Arnie is vice chair of the Town of Canton Board of Finance, serves on the Collinsville Savings Society Community Advisory Board and is active in the Canton Chamber of Commerce. He is also secretary of the North Canton Volunteer Fire Association and retired as an active firefighter at the rank of lieutenant after 11 years of service. In Rotary of Avon-Canton, Arnie has stepped up to become one of its most distinguished Early Riser editors.

Arnie has had a passion for aviation since going on a flight at age eleven when a close friend’s lawyer-pilot father took him to pick up his friend’s brother from college. He recalls that he was “sick as a dog” on that flight with motion sickness, but that he was hooked nonetheless. While many years passed before he had the time and money for flying lessons, he now holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. Arnie is part owner of a 1985 Mooney aircraft based at Brainard Airport and flies frequently to Orlando and Chicago with shorter trips to Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, New York City, Washington DC and Portland, Maine.

Arnie lives in Canton with his wife Jill, a special education teacher and their pets which include Boston terriers and Burmese cats. They have two grown children: Allison, an education development professional who resides in New York City with her husband Philip and Bryan, a paramedic in central Connecticut.