Dr. Clark joined Abbotsford in 2000 and presently serves as the Managing Veterinarian. Hailing from Pontypool, Ontario, Dr. Clark enjoyed a childhood with supportive parents and many opportunities to cultivate a deep appreciation for service and the development of skills. Derek has a lifelong calling to be a support to others in need, so much so, that on his eighteenth birthday he joined the Manvers Township Fire Department and began training as a Volunteer Firefighter.
Throughout his early years, he worked with a wide range of animals including: ferrets, rabbits, dogs, cats, hamsters, Guinea pigs, horses, and cattle. During his time working as a secondary school and university student at Lindsay Animal Clinic he came to appreciate the profound benefits that people enjoy by having a pet to share their lives with. In fact, he saw that within our society there are many who only have a pet to provide them with a sense of being valued and loved. Having seen this, he committed himself to become a veterinarian to support the important bond between pets and their human companions.
Dr. Clark attended the University of Guelph in the Bachelor of Science program and was accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program prior to completing his B.Sc. When Dr. Clark graduated in 1998 he received the Small Animal Surgery Award for his graduating class.
Dr.Clark and his family share their lives with four cats, Crystal Annabeth, Koi, Rosie, and Chai (aka Mundungus). Dr. Clark’s personal interests include meditation, sailing on Lake Ontario with his family, and laughing at his own jokes.
His veterinary special interests include: compassionate care, pain management, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgery, cancer treatment, endoscopy, and customized care for the needs of each family and pet.