Sherrie Clark, professor of theriogenology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been named interim head of the college's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, effective Jan. 1. The appointment follows the departure of David Wong, now the chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University.

Clark's teaching, research, and clinical service focus on advanced reproductive techniques in a variety of species, with a concentration in conditions that cause infertility.

"We appreciate the willingness of Dr. Clark to serve the department and college in this leadership role," said Dan Givens, dean of the veterinary college. "She has made notable contributions to the teaching, research, and service missions of the college. I am confident that the department will continue to advance under her attentive leadership."

A diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists and a faculty member at Virginia Tech since 2011, Clark has served as section chief of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Production Management Medicine service. This past summer, she was installed as vice president of the American College of Theriogenologists for a one-year term; in November, she received the college's Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

Clark arrived at Virginia Tech from the University of Illinois, where she completed a residency in theriogenology before her appointment as assistant professor of farm animal reproduction, medicine, and surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and as swine species veterinarian in the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research.

In her role as interim department head, Clark intends to continue to build on the strong foundation established by her predecessor. "During this interim period, I hope to guide us in continuing to serve our students, patients, clients, and partners through our strong contributions across all mission areas of the college," she said.

Clark earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and a B.S. in animal science from Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1992; she then went on to complete a master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1999 and 2003, respectively.