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 (12) and Conner (8), 4 dogs (Pancho- a Jack Russell, Coal- a Labrador Retriever, Newton- a German Short-Hair Pointer, Rowdy- a Beagle), 2 cats (Sadie and Sterling) 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 was recently elected to the Science Hill School Board and has accepted a position with the Economic Advisory Committee for 2015 at Citizens National Bank. He is very active in Cal Ripken Baseball and an active member of the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. VanDerPloeg’s hobbies include outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing and coaching his boys, Clay and Conner, with sports such as baseball, basketball, and archery. He also enjoys taxidermy and is an avid Auburn and Chicago Bears fan.