Harrogate, Tennessee, June 21, 2017 – Dr. Gary Vroegindewey, director of the One Health Program at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM), has been appointed chair of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) ad hoc group on biological threat reduction OIE Director General Monique Eliot announced.
The ad hoc group on biological threat reduction will focus on the investigation of suspicious biological events. The group is tasked with evaluating the current status of national veterinary services capabilities, capacities and requirements and make recommendations for international guidelines to be established.
The OIE is an international organization that works to make sure national veterinary services throughout the world are effective in preventing and controlling animal diseases. OIE has global programs that aim to continually improve world animal disease security.
“LMU is fortunate to have leaders like Dr. Vroegindewey on faculty. He continues to represent LMU while serving in leadership positions nationally and internationally within the public health arena,” said Dr. Jason Johnson, dean of LMU-CVM.
At LMU-CVM, students are taught to look at disease and wellness from a one health perspective including animal health, human health and the environment, as well as the social, political, cultural, and economic backgrounds that influence one health. In November 2016, LMU hosted its first One Health Symposium on International One Health Day, where faculty, staff and students from LMU gathered to discuss opportunities to integrate the one health concept across the LMU campus.
“Dr. Vroegindewy has been instrumental in the integration of one health initiatives into our curriculum at the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine and across all of University’s medical programs,” Johnson said.
In addition to serving as director of the LMU-CVM One Health Program, Vroegindewey is an adjunct professor of public health/biometrics for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He previously served as the director of global health initiatives for the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Vroegindewey earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology at the University of Missouri, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.