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Valerie E. Ragan, DVM
Dr. Valerie Ragan is director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on VA-MD Vet Med’s University of Maryland-College Park campus. Ragan is responsible for expansion of the role of the center in the areas of public health and policy, and international veterinary medicine, including increasing opportunities for student engagement in national and international veterinary and animal health organizations involved in public veterinary practice.
Prior to joining VA-MD Vet Med, Ragan was the president of AgWorks Solutions LLC, an agriculture consulting company in Washington, DC, where her activities included resolving animal health issues such as disease control, eradication, and surveillance, and international veterinary capacity building.
From 1988 to 2006, she was employed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). After five years of private practice, she began her work with the USDA as a veterinary medical officer and public practice career trainee. She then served as an area epidemiology officer and senior staff veterinarian/national brucellosis epidemiologist. She subsequently served as assistant deputy administrator of the agency’s Veterinary Services program. In that capacity, she served as the national animal health surveillance coordinator, and established the National Surveillance Unit at USDA’s Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health.
Ragan completed her pre-veterinary work at Virginia Tech and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1983 from the University of Georgia. She also completed post-graduate work in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
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Gary Vroegindewey, DVM, MSS,
Dr. Gary Vroegindewey is the director of Global Health Initiatives at the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on the college's University of Maryland-College Park campus. Vroegindewey is responsible for developing and teaching new courses, creating experiential opportunities for students and graduates, and building strategic partnerships among the public, private, and professional sectors. In addition, he leads branding, marketing, and communications capability programs to promote the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to joining the the college, Vroegindewey served as director of the U.S. Department of Defense Veterinary Service Activity and assistant chief in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.
Vroegindewey's global health experience ranges from working in key roles with dairy production in South America, food safety in Egypt, and Avian Influenza global planning to developing international training programs for the Middle East. He currently serves as an advisor to the Committee on International Veterinary Affairs-American Veterinary Medical Association and is the incoming chairman of the International Affairs Committee- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He was awarded the 2010 AVMA XIIth International Congress Prize for contributions to the understanding of global veterinary medicine.
Vroegindewey has served in a variety of senior Veterinary Corps positions, including as director of Department of Defense Veterinary Services with policy, oversight, and interagency coordination of veterinary services worldwide through more than 700 Army veterinarians and 2000 support personnel and culminating as Assistant Chief of the Veterinary Corps in the Office of the Surgeon General-Army. He has published numerous articles on veterinary professional development and has delivered more than 200 presentations on food safety, disaster management, One Health, global strategic environment, and international public health. He is past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.
Vroegindewey began his career in 1978 in private clinical practice including service as associate, partner, and owner of multiple practices. He received a BA in Zoology from the University of Missouri and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine n 1978. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College.
Tracy McCracken, DVM, MS
Assistant Director, Education and Training
Dr. Tracy McCracken has spent her professional career focusing on the interrelationships between humans, livestock and wildlife, particularly in developing nations. After finishing her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology at Texas A&M University, she worked in various wildlife conservation projects throughout East Africa and in the South American Andes focusing on integrating local communities surrounding national parks into conservation efforts through education, creation of income generating projects and improved livelihoods. During this time, Dr. McCracken noticed that infectious disease was one of the major factors impacting livelihoods and hindering development in many countries. She then decided to pursue a veterinary degree and enrolled at VA-MD Vet Med with a focus on International Veterinary Medicine. She also completed a Master's of Science in Tropical Veterinary Health at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
After completing her DVM, Dr. McCracken was recruited by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their Global Avian Influenza Team. Based in the USAID Department of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, Dr. McCracken worked closely with the USAID Department of Global Health forging a working relationship between the livestock and public health specialists in the organization. She was also the USAID and USDA liaison for avian influenza and helped to implement joint veterinary training activities and programs between these two organizations.
After USAID, Dr. McCracken moved to Rome, Italy to work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the Deputy Coordinator for Wildlife Health and Ecology. There she provided technical support to programs and policy initiatives on emerging wildlife, livestock, and zoonotic diseases. She also conducted field research studies to provide insight on the wildlife/livestock disease interface helping to identify risk factors for disease emergence. While at FAO, she led the field implementation of "One Health" training courses involving the joint training of human, livestock and wildlife professionals in both the classroom and field with the aim to improve collaborative responses to cross-cutting health issues.
Now at the CPCVM as the Assistant Director of Education and Training, Dr. McCracken is working to expand teaching, training and advisor programs for veterinary students interested in careers outside the sphere of traditional clinical practice. In her teaching she hopes to inspire students to think more openly about the veterinary profession and its role in society, including the promotion of the "One Health" multidisciplinary approach in addressing health challenges.
Stephen F. Sundlof, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof, a former executive with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), served a two-year assignment with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM), and is currently serving as adjunct faculty. Sundlof's focus is on food safety and security, and career transition training for veterinarians interested in public service.
Sundlof has served as director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition from 2008 to 2010, and spent the previous 14 years as director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. He began his career in 1980 on the faculty of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Sundlof has published numerous articles in scientific journals on drug residues and food safety. From 1994 to 2008, he served as chairman of the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and a former president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.