Dr. Clark K. Fobian of Sedalia, Mo., begins a one-year term as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) by pledging to bring the association members together.

“The AVMA has been in existence for 150 years and from any studied perspective is needed more by this profession today than at any other time in our past,” Dr. Fobian told to the AVMA House of Delegates during the first day of its two-day meeting held July 18-19 in Chicago. “We currently have a convergence of events relating to education, compensation, competition, employment, technology, diversity and culture like none other in the past. The needs are intense and the AVMA has the capabilities and the capacity to make a difference. We have to, once again as we have numerous times in our past, deliver, by whatever means, the value of the AVMA to all the participants in our profession—a profession that offers a perspective and service that none other replicates.”

Dr. Fobian, a University of Missouri-Columbia alum, was elected AVMA president-elect during the AVMA’s House of Delegates meeting last July in San Diego, Calif., during the AVMA’s Annual Convention. His term as president of the AVMA is a crowning achievement in a long and distinguished career as a veterinarian and a volunteer leader.

Dr. Fobian has approximately 30 years of experience as a mixed and small animal veterinarian. He grew up in Kirkwood, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, and 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, Mo. before starting his own small animal practice in Sedalia, Mo. in 1981, where he continues to practice today. Through this time he has expanded his business 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 AVMA, which oversees an association with more than 84,000 members. 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.

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 and Maisy. 

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