First in Line to Apply: Senior Study Participants Specialist
Nancy Kay Clark, the senior study participants specialist for Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, was working on a high-tech customer service team for a Fortune 500 company when she decided to quit her job and become a veterinary technician.
“One day I just looked around the cubicle-farm I was in and wondered what I was doing there,” Nancy says. “I had always felt my purpose was to help animals in some way.”
She worked as an equine veterinary technician before joining the Foundation’s administration department in 2007.
“Working for the Foundation has allowed me to combine my many years of business and customer service with my love of veterinary science and my passion for animals,” she says.
When the Foundation announced the beginning of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Nancy became the first full-time member of the study team in 2010.
“Working on this study allows me to make a contribution to the advancement of veterinary medicine. How cool is that?” she says. “I love the idea of this study because of the potential it has to teach us so much about canine health, and especially cancer.”
Nancy’s first American Eskimo Dog, Candy, developed two forms of cancer in her lifetime, so Nancy knows what it’s like firsthand to watch a beloved, four-legged family member suffer through illness, surgery and the hope of recovery.
Recently, Nancy along with some very dedicated volunteers spearheaded the launch of Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Volunteer Program in which volunteers help the Foundation with its study recruitment efforts at the grassroots level.
“Without the dedication of the Golden Retriever owners, their veterinarians and of course, their beloved Golden Retrievers, this study would not be possible,” Nancy says. “Our volunteers remind me every day of the importance of the work we do.”
Nancy lives in Parker, Colorado, with her husband (Rich), their American Eskimo Dog (Rocket Man!) and three kitties (Kameko, Luna Lovegood and Mae May).
“The work I do at the Morris Animal Foundations honors the memory of all the animals who have touched my life,” she says.
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.