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Army Veterinarian to Address Graduates

Dean Neil Olson has announced that Col. Gary A. Vroegindewey, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, will deliver the commencement address during the 59th University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine graduation ceremonies May 16.

Col. Gary A. Vroegindewey, U.S. Army Veterinary CorpsDr. Vroegindewey attended the University of Missouri where he was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. He studied microbiology at Virginia Polytechnic University and earned a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri in 1978. He went on to earn a master’s degree in strategic studies in 2002 from the Army War College, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Vroegindewey was an associate veterinarian, partner and owner of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospitals on Keene Street and Buttonwood Street in Columbia from 1978 to 1999. In 1999 he entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as the assistant chief stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He is the director, DoD Veterinary Service Activity Office of the Surgeon General, Army in Fall Church, Virginia.

His awards include: Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC); Army Commendation Medal (2OLC); Army Achievement Medal (1OLC); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device, Gold X device); Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (11th award); Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Order of Military Medical Merit; Surgeon General’s “A” Designator and others.

In addition to his military service, he has served on numerous councils and committees with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, and served as president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.

He is married to the former Linda Preston of Columbia and has two children, Christina and Andrew, and three grandchildren.

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