Gary L. Clarke, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Florida
B.A., Microbiology

Biography

My career started as an aspiring engineering student who took a job in a veterinary clinic to save money for college. I soon realized that I could apply my love of math and science to living things without having to practice medicine on human patients. I did not grow up wanting to be a veterinarian, but grew to that point. I did not want to work on/with people, but quickly learned that my role is not different from that of a pediatrician with an infant patient. The joy of the why I do this has developed from just the challenge of a difficult medical/surgical cases; that is still there, to developing the long lasting relationships that come with time in practice. I am not sure where else I can do what I do from the technical standpoint, experience the joy of bringing a well dog, cat, ferret, rat, etc back to their happy owner, to being part of the family unit when it comes time for end of life decisions. I am a veterinarian, and wear all that hats that brings, yet I am also an advocate, educator, grief counselor, and friend.

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