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..Dr. Clark Fobian ............................
If you've watched the NetFlix series, House of Cards our suspicions of the stereotype of politicians is probably true, and they don't have our best interests at heart. Other professions are held at much higher esteem - veterinarians for instance. But if you watched a recent television exposé it casts some doubt on veterinarians and veterinary medicine. My guest today is Dr. Clark Fobian. He is the President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and we're going to try to debunk some of those stereotypes that were brought about on this 20/20 exposé.
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Dr. Clark Fobian has approximately 30 years experience as a mixed and small animal veterinarian. He served for four years as an associate veterinarian at mixed animal practices in Nevada and Marshall, Missouri, before Dr. Clark Fobian grew up in Kirkwood, MO a suburb of St. Louis. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology in 1972 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1977.
He worked as an associate veterinarian in mixed animal practice for four years in Nevada and Marshall, Missouri before starting his own small animal practice in Sedalia, Missouri in 1981 where he has continued to practice since that time. Through this time he has expanded from a solo practice to a four person practice building a new clinic facility in 1996.
In 2006, Dr. Fobian was elected to the Executive Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which oversees the fiduciary responsibilities of its over 83,000 members. He has served on numerous committees and councils in the AVMA and is currently serving as President-Elect of the AVMA and will assume the responsibilities of the President in July of 2013. He has also served as Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) which oversees the charitable arm of the AVMA. Dr. Fobian has been very active in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association serving as vice-president, president-elect, president and chairman of the board. His leadership skills have been used in numerous community activities and organizations.
He has been married to his wife Rita for thirty-nine years. They have two grown children, Kerri and Todd as well as three grandchildren Eli, Liam & Maisy. Throughout this time Dr. Fobian has been actively involved, on a daily basis, in the clinical practice of veterinary medicine.