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BS, Animal and Dairy Science, Auburn University, 1982

DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, 1988

Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, 1996

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Rear Admiral Clark has served with the Office of Animal Care and Use for a total of 13 years. She has been the OACU Director since 2010. As the OACU Director she has delegated authority from the DDIR for day-to-day oversight of the Intramural animal research programs, their collective compliance with the IRP PHS Animal Welfare Assurance and national accreditation standards. This oversight involves daily interface with the IC animal care programs, Animal Care & Use Committees, and Animal Program Directors to provide programmatic support, advice and assistance regarding policy development, program liaison/consultation, mandatory training, and facility management and renovation support. Additionally she serves as the NIH COOP Emergency Response Team leader for the Animal Resources Team and is responsible for coordinating emergency and disaster response efforts across the IC animal care programs. RADM Clark is the NIH subject matter expert for laboratory animal medicine and supports inquiries on behalf of the DDIR regarding trans-NIH animal research related public affairs requests, FOIA inquiries and other general requests and inquiries received from within the agency and department.

Prior to holding the OACU Director position, RADM Clark served as the OACU Deputy Director and as the OACU Associate Director for Training, Education, and Program Liaison.

RADM Clark started her career in the uniformed services serving 12 years in the US Army Veterinary Corps with tours of duty at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (AMC), Colorado; and the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas in general veterinary support roles. She progressed in her career to direct animal research programs at Brookes AMC, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; San Diego Naval Medical Center, California; and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC and was the Deputy program director at the Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. During her years of service in the Army, RADM Clark completed a 4 year residency program in laboratory animal medicine and was boarded as a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, in 1996.

In July of 2000, Dr. Clark transferred to the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and spent 1 ½ years at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health as a clinical and Facility veterinarian before transferring to OACU.

From October 2011 – September 2015, she served as the 10th Chief Veterinary Officer for the US Public Health Service and in this role was responsible for providing leadership and coordination of USPHS veterinary professional affairs for the Office of the US Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services. She was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half) in November 2015 and is an Assistant Surgeon General supporting and promoting the U.S. Surgeon General’s programs and initiatives.