Dr. John R. Clifford is the Deputy Administrator and Chief Veterinary Officer for APHIS’ Veterinary Services’ (VS) program. In this position, he provides leadership for safeguarding U.S. animal health.
Prior to becoming Deputy Administrator in May 2004, Dr. Clifford was the Associate Deputy Administrator, National Animal Health and Policy program, where he led VS’ efforts to protect, sustain, and improve productivity, marketability, and health of the nation’s animals, animal products, and biologics.
Dr. Clifford served as VS’ Assistant Deputy Administrator from 1997-2002. He also has extensive field experience. Since joining APHIS in 1985, Dr. Clifford has also served as area veterinarian in charge for several Areas; the National Health Monitoring System coordinator for one State; and the brucellosis epidemiologist and veterinary medical officer in another State.
Before beginning his work with APHIS, Dr. Clifford was a private veterinarian in a mixed practice. He received his DVM and BS degrees in animal science from the University of Missouri.
A native of Kentucky, Dr. Clifford currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Sara.