Thomas Riegel of Glasgow, Virginia, received Virginia Tech’s 2015 Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Senior Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Senior Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

In 2009, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with a Chinese language minor from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He will receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree during the University Commencement ceremony May 15 in Lane Stadium.

Riegel is member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, received the Robert C. Brown Career Life Sciences Award in Leadership in 2013 and 2014, and served as a research assistant, student member on the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine dean’s search committee, and as a student interviewer for the college’s Class of 2018 applicants.

He is founding member and journal club chair of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Surgery Club, is the Class of 2015president, and is a member of the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the Veterinary Business Management Association.

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