Simmons Educational Fund to Award
$100,000 to Veterinary Students in 2009

November 4, 2008 — St. Simons Island, GA â€" The Simmons Educational Fund announced today that the awards for veterinary students across the country will be greater in 2009. The SEF will award over $100,000 through its Business Aptitude Award Program. The national award has increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and the regional awards have increased from $2,000 to $3,000.

Reflecting the firm belief that business education is essential to the veterinary profession, the SEF‘s major program is focused on veterinary students. Each year, third-year veterinary students are eligible to participate in the SEF Business Aptitude Award program promoted by each Simmons & Associates‘ region. Submissions are plenty, and each entry is individually examined and regional winners are chosen for the $3,000 award. The SEF regional winners then go on to the SEF national competition for a chance to win $15,000.

The 2008 winner of the coveted SEF National Business Aptitude Award was Natalie Barrett, from Kansas State University. Barrett received $10,000 and a trip to the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas where the award was presented. "Natalie‘s essay is really on point and specifically addresses the issues clearly with excellent insight. She really gets it, said Dave Gerber, DVM, a Simmons professional and SEF trustee.

The SEF was created to educate practitioners and students about the business of veterinary medicine. To get the word out, the SEF reaches veterinarians through its various speaking engagements, seminars, newsletters, and other communication programs. In 2008, the SEF has awarded over $55,000 in student awards â€" one to every veterinary school in the U.S. and one in the Caribbean.

About SEF
SEF is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting business education in the veterinary community. Additional information about the SEF can be found at or by calling 800.846.0062.

Stacy Cadieux
Executive Director


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