From Sales to Snakes

Venitox, a Story of Family

After spending over a decade in the medical sales industry, Rob Clark, like many others, lost his job during the recession of 2008. Around the same time, Rob’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism. Amidst adversity, Rob found a way to start a new career while also strengthening his relationship with his son.

After unsuccessfully testing the job market, Rob decided he wanted to do something he was passionate about, while also doing something that would allow him to connect to his son better. Having always been a fan of the outdoors he wanted to do something with nature. Just like his dad, Rob’s son shares similar interests.

So, naturally, Rob decided to start a career as a snake venom extractor, an extremely dangerous occupation that can only be done by a handful of people in the US – but that’s not all… he’s self-taught.

Rob also started his own venom lab located in Round Rock, Texas called Venitox Laboratories. The company has been producing lyophilized snake venom to serve the needs of researchers and pharmaceutical manufacturers since 2013. Now 6 years in, Rob has bigger plans for the future.

With a family of 200+ snakes, spiders, and other reptiles (with most of them having names), Rob believes children of all ages would really enjoy experiencing his collection – just as his own son has. Rob is considering opening up his business to the public so that more people can enjoy his reptiles.

Rob’s son loves being around all the snakes and reptiles and assists his dad in taking care of the collection. The father and son duo will be working together over the summer.

To learn more about Venitox, visit their website here.

 

 

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