Veterinary Team Brief Announces Leadership Changes

From left to right: Clark, Ruby, Stone, WilliamsonTULSA, OKLAHOMA—Veterinary Team Brief is excited to announce changes in its editorial leadership: Jim Clark, DVM, MBA, is now Co-editor in Chief, joining Kathleen Ruby, PhD. Deborah Stone, MBA, CVPM, is now editor.

“The expertise that Clark and Stone bring to Veterinary Team Brief will ensure that our entire network of resources—from social media, to our website, to our print journal—will work synergistically to demonstrate how good medicine, good business, and great leadership intersect to produce exceptional practices and people,” Ruby says.

Clark says of his new role: “I’m very pleased and proud to be joining the editorial team. As a veterinarian and practice owner, I became an avid reader of Veterinary Team Brief (then Exceptional Veterinary Team) years ago because I found practical, peer-reviewed information in every issue. I’m committed to continue this tradition, sharing information and ideas that can benefit every member of the veterinary team.”

Clark is currently a faculty member at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California, where he teaches leadership, communication, and business management. He is also a nationally known author and speaker on veterinary practice management.

Stone, owner of Stone Veterinary Practice Management in Austin, Texas, is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership Studies. “Veterinary practice teams consistently strive to deliver outstanding patient care and client service while developing highly collaborative team relationships. Practice teams are ripe and ready for resources that will help them develop both professionally and personally,” she says.

Clark and Stone have been previously involved with the journal, but will now play a more direct role in its content.

In other news, Amelia Williamson joins Veterinary Team Brief as Editorial Assistant. Williamson recently completed her MA in English at the University of Tulsa. She honed her publishing skills at the James Joyce Quarterly and has worked as both a writing consultant and instructor.

Also, Editorial Director Michelle Munkres is currently on maternity leave. Meanwhile, please contact Managing Editor Paulette Senior ( or Williamson ( with any questions.

With this new leadership, Veterinary Team Brief continues to not only embrace its mission—to be the undisputed leading resource for each veterinary team member to optimize patient care and practice success—but also to take its content, including clinical content, to a higher level. 

Photo above: (from left to right) Clark, Ruby, Stone, and Williamson