Clarence Sitzman, DVM, AVDC, grew up on a dairy farm in Greeley, Colorado. Throughout his youth, he was involved in the 4-H program including showing cattle, junior leadership, dairy judging and the veterinary medicine program. He graduated from Greeley West High School in 1968, and in the fall of 1968 won a national 4-H award for veterinary science.
He received a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science in 1972, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, both from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He was an intern at the CSU Animal Reproduction Lab during from 1975 – 1976. He had a clinic in Wellington, for several years before starting a general practice for “all creatures great and small” in Fort Collins in 1982.
In 1993 he developed and interest in animal dentistry and took classes offered by Dr. Emily, Dr. Beard, Dr. Mulligan and Dr. Williams. It was Dr. Emily who encouraged him to pursue certification in veterinary dentistry. In 1994, Dr. Ed Eisner became his mentor in the American Veterinary Dental College Alternative Pathways program. Under Dr. Eisner he caught the veterinary dentistry “bug” and he completed the program in 2007 was bestowed the honor of Dipolomate in the College of Veterinary Dentistry.
He served from 2003-2005 as President of the American Veterinary Dental Society. As his final act as president, he helped to form the Foundation 4 Veterinary Dentistry, a research and education foundation dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of veterinary dentistry worldwide. In 2009 he received the Miltex Award of Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry, in 2011 was bestowed a Lifetime Honorary Trustee of the F4VD, and in 2012 received the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation Award for contributions to the Peter Emily Foundation.
He has been happily married to Phylis Sitzman for 38 years, and has three lovely and talented children, Ryan, Diana and Paul, and one lovely daughter-in-law Angela. Dr. Sitzman says, “Veterinary Dentistry has been a God-send for me, as I’ve found something that I can, and want to, continue for many years.”