Dr. VanDerPloeg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Auburn University. Upon graduation, Dr. VanDerPloeg began his career at Somerset Animal Hospital treating many animal species ranging from dogs, cats, horse, cow, sheep, goats, and the occasional exotic pet such as a snake, hamster, or guinea pigs for the Somerset community. In, 2014 Dr. VanDerPloeg decided to build Somerset the newest full service mixed animal practice, Veterinary Center of Somerset.
Dr. VanDerPloeg is married to Connie VanDerPloeg, a Ferguson native. They have two boys Clay (20) and Conner (16), 5 dogs (Coal- a Labrador Retriever, Newton- a German Short-Hair Pointer, Rowdy- a Beagle, Haven- a Genuine Kentucky Mutt, and Weller Rose- a Labrador Retriever), 2 cats (Sterling and Billie) and a snake named Sandie.
Dr. VanDerPloeg enjoys being active in the education of the community and its residents. He provides enrichment programs on the care and welfare of animals to many of the local schools. He encourages hands-on experiences by taking along a variety of guests, including his dog Coal and Sandie the Snake.
Dr. VanDerPloeg is very active in Somerset Baseball and an active member of the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. VanDerPloeg’s hobbies include outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and shooting sporting clays and watching his boys, Clay and Conner, play baseball. He also enjoys collecting guns and is an avid Auburn and Chicago Bears fan.
Dr. VanDerPloeg works closely with multiple non-profit organizations in the community. He participates in the low cost spay/neuter program at the Pulaski County Humane Society, he spays and neuters multiple dogs and cats for the Pulaski County Animal Shelter before adoption, and he examines injured exotic animals for the Liberty Nature Center.