M. Clary, DVM, MS, MA (Bioethics)
American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Clary received his DVM and Master of Science (ruminant nutrition) degrees from Kansas State University in 1991. After
internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia,
Dr. Clary went on to complete a small animal surgical residency
program at North Carolina State University, obtaining advanced training
in general, orthopedic, and neurosurgical techniques. More recently, Dr. Clary
has pursued formal studies in ethics, receiving Master of Arts degrees in Bioethics
(Trinity International University) and Christian Ethics (Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary). Dr. Clary presently serves on the NCVMA
Animal Welfare Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Society for
Veterinary Medical Ethics.
Dr. Clary was awarded
Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary
successful completion of an intensive certification process. Through a unique
opportunity with Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Clary has also obtained
advanced experience in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and
thoracoscopic techniques. Dr. Clary has authored numerous clinical and scientific publications. In 1996, Dr. Clary founded
Surgical Service with a novel concept of bringing the specialist to the patient.
As a member of your veterinarianís healthcare team, Dr. Clary brings his
training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible
care for your pet.
of Ethical Position
Dr. Clary comments on his Pets (and Patients)
9 year old,
6 year old,
3.5 year old,
10 month old,
remember . . .
Bugz is a cute, high-strung little dog that we fostered for a couple of years
pending resolution of litigation pertaining to her previous
circumstance. She stands as the sole exception among our pets in that it
was Dr. Clary, and not Mrs. Clary, who brought her home.
Bugz has two great pleasures in life: 1) to ride in the car with Mrs.
Clary; and 2) to bark at Dr. Clary. Regarding the latter, she
serves as a constant reminder of the need for gratitude in this life,
particularly towards God who loved human beings enough to die for them,
even those who bark at Him (i.e., all of us).
was found on the side of the road by Mrs. Clary,
who seems to have a knack for finding strays. Polly's
breeding is a matter of intense discussion. She loves to fetch the tennis
ball. Her lightening speed and tendency to "stop on a dime,"
however, caught up with her as she ruptured the cranial cruciate ligament
in her left knee, prompting TPLO surgery. Here is a picture of Polly
recovering in her crate (I empathize greatly with owners when I
recommend for their pet strict crate confinement: it is much work, but
critical to minimizing complications following orthopedic surgery).
recovered very well from her TPLO surgery and went back to chasing
imaginary squirrels (we let Bugz out first to chase the real ones
As is all too common, Polly subsequently
ruptured the same ligament in her other knee 3 months after being
released from crate confinement. After TPLO on the second side, Polly is
again back to normal. Thankfully, she has no more cranial
cruciate ligaments to rupture.
is a beautiful tortoise-shell cat that we adopted from a local
veterinary clinic who saw as an easy target! Muffin was a lively kitten and
has matured into a very pleasant creature. Though still playful, she is
a bit reserved and wary of the new addition (see the next column).
another clinic we visited saw us coming in promoting a kitten in need of
adoption. I was in no position to say "No" as both Mrs. Clary
and our daughter whose birthday it was were touting the wonderful
qualities of "Percy." And they were correct. Percy is a
handful at times - in a playful way and also in the need to keep
the bread locked up in the pantry - he loves to chew/tear holes in the
bread bag! In the picture above, he is in his favorite place
perched atop the kitchen cabinets.
Hunter and Josie, along with a beat-up Honda Prelude
comprised the dowry when I married my wife. While we have little
positive to say about the car, we could go on and on about all the
wonderful qualities possessed by these two pets...we miss
Sally was rescued as a puppy by Mrs. Clary after being
abandoned at a local emergency clinic with parvoviral enteritis. A pampered pet, she lived to be 14
years of age. Among our fondest memories of Sally are the
"pony" rides she gave our infant daughter, who called her
Bear was our daughter's first
pet, acquired after she read a book about hamsters and their management
and then promised to care accordingly. Bear was a gentle, curious creature who loved all of the attention
she gave him. He lived to be 3 years of age - longer than
most and courtesy, I believe, of all of the great care she gave him.