Dr. Jones was hooked on veterinary medicine in eighth grade when Dr. Ernie Burgess came to his family farm. Bill says he thought then that it sounded like the perfect job for a farm boy.
He graduated from Mizzou’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972.
After a year and a half with Dr. R.S. Groves in Eldon, he purchased the Versailles Veterinary Clinic in December, 1973. He has run this successful practice for the last 45 years, along with Carol, his wife and partner of 46 years.
Over his career, he has become a leader in fire and rescue efforts, generously applying his veterinary skills to that area of service.
A long-time committee member and Chair of the MVMA Emergency Management and Public Health Committee, he, along with Dr. Bill Wolff, helped build the Missouri Volunteer Veterinary Corps into a viable framework.
A framework to channel the veterinary community’s vast desire to serve, into a targeted and meaningful resource that is plugged into Missouri’s state disaster response plan.
Most recently, he is on the verge of serving as the newest member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board; evidence of his true desire to serve and give back to his professional community, his state, and the world at large.
For these and other efforts, he was awarded the William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award in 2014.
And most recently, in January of this year, he was awarded MVMA’s highest honor: Veterinarian of the Year.
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