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.
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
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,
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
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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