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Dr. Sherrie Clark
Dr. Sherrie Clark is an associate professor of theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Virginia Tech, Clark earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She also completed a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in animal science at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Clark is board-certified with the American College of Theriogenologists.
What is your hometown?
Disputanta, Virginia, a small community in Prince George County. Now that I’m back in Virginia, I feel like I can say the town. When I was living in the Midwest, I had to initially get people to understand that I was from Virginia and not West Virginia. So, I usually told them that I grew up south of Washington, D.C.
What are your current responsibilities at the college? If you teach, what do you teach?
I am currently the section chief for Production Management Medicine and I am one of two specialists in reproduction (theriogenologists) at the college. I teach theriogenology and some aspects of swine production medicine. As with many other faculty members this seems very short and sweet, but my day encompasses many tasks that include teaching, research, and clinical service. I truly enjoy working with the veterinary students across all four years and learning as much from them as I hope they do from me!
When did you come to the college, and what brought you here?
I came to VA-MD Vet Med in August 2011 as an alumna of the college (DVM ’96). I originally attended Virginia Tech as an undergraduate in animal sciences (ANSC ’92) and then attended veterinary school here in Blacksburg. I then went to pursue my interest in reproduction and swine medicine at the University of Illinois where I completed a residency in theriogenology and obtained my MS degree. I was then recruited for a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology in the Animal Sciences department, but was still able to work part time at the veterinary hospital at the University of Illinois. I really enjoyed my time in the Midwest, but my husband and I both are from Virginia and had always looked to come back some day. I was very fortunate to be offered a position at VA-MD Vet Med and am happy to come back to my alma mater to teach and be closer to family that lives in Virginia.
What interests you about your field?
I have always liked to try to figure out puzzles and with breeding and medicine cases, it can always be interesting to see where all of the pieces fit together. Many times the puzzle pieces are more interesting than the actual whole puzzle, but that is what keeps my spark going every day.
What is your area of research? Why did you decide to focus on that area?
I have an interest in studying advanced reproductive techniques in a variety of species and have concentrated some of my efforts in looking at various conditions that cause infertility in males. I became interested in many of these areas of focus from my previous mentors who helped steer me in these directions. Additionally, I am fortunate to work with some amazing collaborators who use pigs as research models for human research. I have had the opportunity to work with virologists, embryologists, engineers, and maxillofacial surgeons over the years. … This truly gives my life meaning and the feeling that I am making a significant contribution to science.
Hobbies or interests outside of the college?
I enjoy watching football, reading, and trying to cook new recipes with my husband. We are fortunate to be closer to both of our families and try really hard to make time to spend with them, as well as many of our friends from all over the world.
Share one thing students may not know about you.
Many people may know that I have a twin sister, but most of them don’t know that my mother also has a twin sister! As a person interested in reproduction, I find that to be an interesting fact!