IGNITE® is a purpose driven, veterinarian owned company, devoted to advancing the skills of passionate veterinary practices and their people while improving medical outcomes. IGNITE was created to innovate and disrupt traditional veterinary learning and uniquely deliver veterinary teams the education tools they need, whenever, wherever, and however they need it. IGNITE now serves 10,000+ members and includes membership programs for Practice Owners, Practice Managers, Veterinarians, Technicians and Front Desk staff, globally.
Meet IGNITE’s Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
Jill Clark, DVM.
Founder & CVO
Dr. Jill Clark founded IGNITE in 2016 with the singular goal of elevating the knowledge of veterinary teams to enhance their well being as well as the wellbeing of the patients and clients they serve. Her nearly 30 year career in veterinary medicine has been dedicated to the constant improvement of veterinary outcomes and operations and has created many opportunities for the personal and professional growth of the incredible people who make up the profession.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University with her DVM, Jill practiced medicine 10 years before taking on VP of Operations for an 80-hospital group. Next up she served 12 years with VCA Animal Hospitals, both in operations and as Vice President of Professional Relations and Knowledge Development. She was responsible for creating VCA’s award-winning corporate university, WOOF-U, which helped train and develop over 24,000 veterinary learners. This initiative was part of the reason she followed her dream to start IGNITE, which is the culmination of all that she learned about how veterinary teams learn best over the course of her career.
Her passion for animals is without limits. In her free time, Dr. Clark shows quarter horses and enjoys spending time with the love of her life, Dr. Bob Murtaugh, and their seven dogs, six horses, two cats, two goats, and two mini-Belted Galloway cows.
Meet IGNITE’s CEO
Mark Shaw is the former President of AmerisourceBergen’s Animal Health business, MWI Animal Health. Mr. Shaw was responsible for MWI Animal Health, Micro Technologies, Securos Surgical, MWIUK. AllyDVM, Vets West, St. Francis Group, and Vetspace. Prior to that Mr. Shaw served as an owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Micro Technologies until MWI’s acquisition in 2011. Mr. Shaw began his career with the Upjohn Company in 1985, serving in animal health sales and sales management capacities.
Mr. Shaw has organized and led numerous industry initiatives ranging from animal traceability to executive leadership development and has served on numerous industry and foundation boards such as Vetsource, Animalytix, Feeders Advantage and AgStrata. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Business from Oklahoma State University and was inducted into Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Cowboy 100 and Blazing 15, acknowledging alumni business and leadership achievements.