Simmons Educational Fund Announces Regional Business Aptitude Award Winners

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$3,000 Awarded to 29 Veterinary Students

Today the Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) announced the 29 veterinary students who have been chosen to receive the SEF Business Aptitude Award. Each year the SEF recognizes students who distinguish themselves by demonstrating a keen interest in and aptitude for the pursuit of business excellence in veterinary medicine.

The SEF regional winners are chosen either by a school committee or by a Simmons regional leader. The $3,000 award is presented at the school’s awards ceremony. The SEF regional winners then go on to the SEF national competition for a chance to win $15,000 and a trip to the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando where the award will be presented.

The 2011 Business Aptitude Award Winners:

Taylor Tillery - Oklahoma State
Jeremy Gallman - Auburn
Alicia Hines - Illinois
Jennifer Darby - KSU
Holly Mariott - Texas A&M
Claire Scott - LSU
Mitchell Barnett - Ross University
Misti Noxoll - WSU
Natalie Schuster - Ohio State
Joy Fuhrman - Colorado State
Ashley Craig - Tuskegee
Kursten Roderick - Western University
Mike Mallard - Purdue
Lisa Thompson - Minnesota
Bob Najafi - Georgia
Andrea Vanderson - UC Davis
April Van Valin - Iowa State
Lauren Wineinger - Missouri
Elisha Adkins - Oregon State
Chris Magie - Mississippi State
Lesli Kibler - Wisconsin
David Kleisch - N Carolina State
Laura Seheult - Florida
Baye Williamson - Tennessee
Thomas Robinson - Michigan State
Holly Stewart - Penn
Victoria Long - VA-MD
Lily Nieh - Tufts
Ingrid Anne Rhinehart - Cornell

Want to know how to apply next year? If you are a student or would like to recommend our program to an aspiring veterinarian in school, check with your schools’ Student Affairs Coordinator or contact the Simmons office in your area for details.

About SEF
The SEF is a non-profit corporation founded in 2002 by Simmons & Associates. It was created to educate practitioners and students about the business of veterinary medicine. Since it’s founding, the SEF has reached thousands of veterinarians through its newsletters and sponsorship of speaking engagements, CE meetings, and veterinary organizations such as NCVEI, VBMA, VLE, and others with similar goals. The SEF will award over $100,000 to veterinary students in 2011. Additional information about the SEF can be found at or by calling 800.846.0062.

About Simmons & Associates
Simmons specializes exclusively in veterinary practice sales, valuations, and negotiations. For over 33 years, Simmons has been a trusted business advisor and broker to thousands of veterinarians buying and selling practices. Veterinarians can learn more about buying or selling a practice at or by calling 800.333.1984.

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