Gary Vroegindewey, D.V.M., M.S.S., D.A.C.V.P.M., director of the One Health Program at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) chaired the “Education and Capacity Building within One Health and Integrative Risk Management” session at 3rd Global Risk Forum (GRF)-One Health Summit in Davos, Switzerland, on Oct. 6, 2015.
Dr. Vroegindewey with Dr. Walter Ammann, president and CEO of the Global Risk Forum.
At the conference, Vroegindewey also gave presentations on “Beyond Three Rings-An Enhanced Model of One Health,” “One Health and Resilience- A Biological Modeling Framework” and “World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Role in Resilience and Disaster Management” representing LMU and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The GRF One Health Summit is an annual conference that promotes and fosters an integrative approach in managing health risks at the interface of human, animal and environmental health with a strong link to food safety and security and to agriculture.
“The One Health framework is the concept that there is a nexus and inextricable link between human health, animal health and environmental health,” Vroegindewey said. “Veterinarians and animal experts play a critical role in multiple aspects of public health.”
In addition to serving as director of the LMU-CVM One Health Program, Vroegindewey is an adjunct assistant professor of public health/biometrics for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and an adjunct assistant 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.
Vroegindewey is very active within the international arena as chair of the OIE (World Animal Health Organization) ad hoc group on disaster management and risk reduction in relation to animal health and welfare and veterinary public health. He has also served as chair for the International Affairs Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), AAVMC representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on International Veterinary Affairs, chair of the veterinary section of the World Association on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, advisory board member of the Michigan State University Master in Food Safety program, food safety consultant to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the White House Security Council Food and Agriculture Working Group. Vroegindewey has also served in multiple senior positions in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.
His awards and recognitions include the AVMA XII International Congress Prize in 2010, University Veterinary College Alumnus of the Year, Army Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit, Surgeon General’s “A” Designator and numerous others.
“Dr. Vroegindewey is a leader both nationally and internationally in public health and animal health,” said Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis, dean of LMU-CVM. “We are fortunate to have him on faculty to help us train future veterinarians and improve animal health in the Appalachia region.”
Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU 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 800.325.0900, ext. 7150, or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.