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  • Dr. Melissa Clark passes certification boards of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

     Dr. Melissa Clark , Department of Comparative Biosciences, passed the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Board Certifying Exam and will continue on to complete her Ph.D. in Pharmacology after three years in the Clinical Pharmacology Residency Program. Her residency training was supervised by Dr. Duncan Ferguson, with support from Drs. Levent Dirikolu and Sidonie Lavergne.

    Dr. Clark's doctoral work is funded by a Morris Animal Foundation/Pfizer fellowship and a Morris Animal Foundation grant which supports her work with Drs. Margarethe Hoenig, Levent Dirikolu, and Duncan Ferguson.  The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has a long history of clinical pharmacology residency training, with the first formal program being developed by Dr. Lloyd Davis, who retired in 1994.   Melissa is the first resident to have completed a veterinary clinical pharmacology residency since the mid-1990's and the first since Dr. Ferguson arrived at Illinois in 2006.  

    Dr. Davis' contribution to veterinary clinical pharmacology is recognized biannually with the Lloyd Davis prize of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and his role in initiating veterinary clinical pharmacology training was highlighted several years ago with a banner on Lincoln Avenue near the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

    Current boarded clinical pharmacologists with Illinois training or connections include Drs. Jeff Wilcke of Virginia Tech CVM, Mark Papich of North Carolina State University, Vernon Langston of Mississippi State University, Gordon Brumbaugh of Texas A and M, Ted Whittem of Melbourne University, Tomas Martin-Jiminez of the University of Tennessee, and Curt Grimm of Veterinary Specialist Services in Conifer, CO.  With 59 Diplomates of the ACVCP worldwide, 10 now have Illinois connections.