Drs. Michael Cavanaugh and Ross Clark

Drs. Michael Cavanaugh and Ross Clark to Receive K-State Alumni Recognition Awards

Manhattan, Kansas -- Two graduates of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are being recognized by K-State's Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. Michael Cavanaugh and Dr. Ross Clark will receive Alumni Recognition Awards at the K-State alumni reception held in conjunction with the Western Veterinary Conference. The awards ceremony will take place February 11, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The veterinarians are being recognized for time and effort devoted to advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and for being exemplary role models for future alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

Dr. Michael Cavanaugh

Dr. Cavanaugh grew up in Topeka, Kansas and then attended Kansas State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1983. He served as class president during his junior and senior years and delivered his class's commencement address.

After graduation, Dr. Cavanaugh worked in small and mixed animal hospitals in Illinois and Colorado. In 1988, he founded West Ridge Animal Hospital in Topeka, which became an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association. The small animal practice provided full-service care, including complete medical, surgical and dental care as well as grooming, boarding and training.

Topeka Animal Services, an animal cremation business, was founded in 1990. Dr. Cavanaugh started the business in response to the need for an appropriate method of disposal for deceased pets in northeast Kansas. He sold this business in March of 2001.

Dr. Cavanaugh's face may look familiar, because he appeared in print ads, brochures and videos for veterinary related corporations during the 1990s. In 1993 Dr. Cavanaugh began working as a Consultation Clinician in the Veterinary Consultation Service Department of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. Since he was still working in his private practice, he brought a practitioner's perspective into the world of corporate veterinary medicine. His primary responsibility was to provide nutritional case consultations to veterinarians and their staff via telephone. He also helped write and review technical information.

In 1996 Dr. Cavanaugh sold West Ridge Animal Hospital and made a career move to HESKA Corporation in Fort Collins, Colo. He was responsible for directing the Medical and Technical Consultation Group. He and his group staffed a call center that was available for veterinary customers to access for case consultations, interpretation of laboratory and allergy diagnostic test results, product information and adverse event reporting. The group also provided technical support to the field sales group.

Dr. Cavanaugh graduated from the Veterinary Management Institute in 1996, receiving a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Cavanaugh achieved diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine/feline) in 1998.

Dr. Cavanaugh joined Pfizer Animal Health as an Area Veterinarian in January of 2000. He is currently a Senior Area Veterinarian providing technical support to the Rocky Mountain Area. Dr. Cavanaugh works with Territory Managers in a 10 state area, providing educational seminars to Pfizer customers, making educational presentations to veterinary and technician associations, and assisting with special projects. He has lectured extensively on a number of topics but has a special interest in feline heartworm disease and feline parasite management. Dr. Cavanaugh is responsible for supporting the veterinary colleges at both Kansas State University and Colorado State University. He visits both colleges on a quarterly basis and has the opportunity to interact with students and faculty. He also serves as a liaison between Pfizer U.S. Veterinary Services and organized veterinary medicine groups (AAHA and AVMA), and assists with major accounts.

Dr. Cavanaugh remains active in several regional and national organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society. He is also currently a member of the American Animal Hospital Association Council of 100 and served previously on AAHA's Management Committee and as Member Representative to the Midwest Region. He is a past president of the Topeka Veterinary Medical Association. As an active alumnus of Kansas State University, Dr. Cavanaugh has served on the Central Committee for the KSU Veterinary Medical Alumni Association and Pet Trust Committee. He also served on the Dean’s Liaison Committee for the KVMA.

Throughout his career, Dr. Cavanaugh has enjoyed the opportunity to speak about the field of veterinary medicine to student groups ranging from kindergarten and grade school through high school as well as students in the pre-veterinary and veterinary curriculums. Dr. Cavanaugh has mentored many pre-veterinary students through the years, several of whom went on to become veterinarians. Dr. Cavanaugh and his wife Beth currently live in Fort Collins with their two children, Caitlyn and Kevin. The Cavanaughs will celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary this year.

Dr. Ross Clark

Originally from Onaga, Kansas, Dr. Clark earned both a bachelor's degree in 1961 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1963 from Kansas State University. After initially working as a staff veterinarian, Dr. Clark founded Woodland PetCare Centers in Tulsa, Okla. in 1966, where he has practiced as a veterinarian and hospital owner since its inception. It would be the first of many private animal practices to be founded by the veterinarian and business entrepreneur.

Dr. Clark co-founded National PetCare Centers with five other successful veterinarians in 1996. He contributed seven of his private animal hospitals to the company upon its formation. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., National PetCare Centers operates 75 animal hospitals in 12 states. Dr. Clark serves as Vice President of Development and Regional Vice President of Operations for the organization. He and his wife Linda have three children and three grandchildren, all living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Clark also remains active in his other passion: presenting seminars in practice management and practical canine and feline genetics. He formed Veterinary Management Concepts in 1981. As president and owner, his speaking tours have consisted of 45 states, multiple presentations to all major National professional veterinary organizations and to most veterinary colleges and more than a dozen foreign countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia, France, Argentina, Chile, Spain and Canada. Additionally, he has been the Practice Management Editor for Veterinary Economics magazine since 1982 and has also published multiple books and articles on practice management and genetics.

In addition to his many business endeavors, Dr. Clark finds time to remain active in several professional organizations. A member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1972, he has served on membership and management committees. He served as director, vice-president, president elect and president of the Western Veterinary Conference from 1991-1999. The WVC, along with the North American Veterinary Conference, are the world's largest annual continuing education conferences for veterinarians. He is a longtime member of the American Management Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, having served as president in 1984. He also served on the board of directors of the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, where he served as president from 1992-1994. His community involvements include Sunrise Rotary Club of Tulsa and Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Clark has received a great deal of recognition for his work. He received the Veterinarian of the Year award for the Western Region of the American Animal Hospital Association in 1987 as well as AAHAs National Award of Merit for pioneering contributions to veterinary practice management in 1991. Recognized for his dedication and service to youth, Dr. Clark received the William H. Spurgeon III Award from the Boy Scouts of American in 1979.