It is with great sadness that we report the death of Doctor Roger Clarke who passed away on December 13th 2023.
Roger graduated from the University of Queensland in 1964 and worked in Korumburra Victoria (1965-1967) and Warwickshire UK (1967-1968) before starting the Bundoora Veterinary Clinic in 1969. He became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery (1991) and worked as a specialist small animal surgeon until his retirement in 2015.
Roger, in partnership with Dr Brian O’Donohoe (from 1982) oversaw the development of the Bundoora Veterinary Clinic which grew to include 3 branch practices as well as a 24-hour emergency clinic.
Roger was heavily involved in several professional associations, served on the Victorian Veterinary Board and was instrumental in establishing the Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation.
During his career Roger achieved much and was the recipient of many awards including an honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne and the Kesteven Award from the Australian Veterinary Association.
He will be missed greatly by his family, all at the Bundoora Veterinary Clinic, his veterinary colleagues and those of us who were lucky enough to consider him a friend.