Andrew Clark, DVM, MBA, has been named interim chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) PLIT. Clark will succeed Dr. Janet Donlin, who has been named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the AVMA.
Clark is well known and highly respected in the veterinary community as an experienced Equine practitioner. With his MBA and extensive experience in practice management, he is also well regarded as an expert in understanding the business needs of veterinarians.
Clark has served on the PLIT Board of Trustees for over 12 years and most recently served as the Chair of the Trust, working closely with Donlin. During his tenure, he has led many important initiatives for both veterinary and student members. To Dr. Kent McClure, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the PLIT, Clark is the perfect choice for the short term, ensuring that the Trust continues to operate smoothly as it prepares its CEO search.
“We realize the PLIT is a key member benefit, serving over 63,000 veterinarians. We needed someone who can step into the interim role on day one,” McClure said. “Dr. Clark knows the Trust inside and out. His veterinary experience, paired with his MBA, makes him uniquely qualified to steward the Trust through this leadership transition and ensure that all of the ongoing initiatives move forward without disruption. That means the Board can focus on the task at hand, identifying the best possible candidate to head up the PLIT for the long term.”
Regarding the CEO search, McClure said the Board is taking time to assess exactly what they need moving forward. The PLIT continues to grow, evolving to match the changing needs of AVMA members. “We need to make sure we are conducting a careful, thorough search,” McClure added.
Departing CEO Donlin shares McClure’s strong belief in Clark’s ability to lead the PLIT through the transition. "I've had the privilege to work side-by-side with Dr. Clark. There is no one more qualified to do the job,” she said. “Members need to know they can count on the PLIT programs and know that they will be there for them today and into the future. Dr. Clark is uniquely qualified, possessing not only unmatched abilities, but a true passion for the veterinary profession. A strong leader, Dr. Clark is fully committed to the Trust, absolutely member-focused.”
Clark started his professional career as an equine practitioner. While running his own successful veterinary practice, he sustained a serious injury that effectively ended his career as a practicing veterinarian. Committed to remaining active in the veterinary profession, Dr. Clark pursued an MBA. He now runs Virtual CEO, a consulting firm that provides veterinary businesses with executive level thinking, planning and strategy.
As a leader in the profession, Clark knows firsthand how important the protection is that the PLIT provides for veterinarians. “I am honored to be the PLIT’s interim CEO,” Clark said. “The PLIT-sponsored offerings play a vital role in the lives of veterinarians at every point in their careers. It’s all about giving members peace of mind as they go about their day-to-day work and lives.”
Founded by the AVMA in 1962, the PLIT serves as the leading advocate in the management of veterinary professional liability claims. The PLIT-sponsored Program includes malpractice insurance, veterinary license defense, business owner policies, workers’ compensation, employment practices liability, automobile and comprehensive personal insurance solutions for members of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Student Veterinary Medical Association. Today, over 63,000 veterinarians participate in the PLIT-sponsored Program.
Andrew Clark, DVM, MBA
AVMA PLIT Interim Chief Executive Officer