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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Student Receives Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award

Graham First International Student to Receive Award

North Brunswick, NJ–January 27, 2010–John Graham has become the first Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine student to receive the prestigious Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) Business Aptitude Award, a national award given to third year students to bring attention to the importance of business education in veterinary practice. Graham, an executive member of the Ross chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), was presented with the award—which consisted of a $15,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC)—in January at the VBMA's national meeting.

"It is exciting to be the first Ross student to receive this award," Graham said. "I've always been interested in both the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine, so this competition allowed me to tie those interests together. I hope my experience will inspire other Ross students to participate in the future."

Ross University is the first and only international school participant to compete in the SEF awards. Emphasizing the importance of business education and the significance of the award to Ross, Guy St. Jean, DVM, dipl., ACVS and associate dean for academic affairs at Ross University, also attended the award ceremony.

"The competition for this award is stiff, and John is a deserving winner," said Dr. Guy St. Jean. "His professional aptitude and goal-oriented nature make him a good ambassador for Ross University."

"The applicants who win this award are some of the sharpest and most passionate students I've ever met," said David King, DVM, SEF trustee and charter member of Vet Partners. "They are going to be successful in veterinary practice because they know that understanding the business side of things is just as important as being a good veterinarian."

The Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) was created in 2002 to assist in educating practitioners and students about the business aspects of the veterinary profession. Each of the 29 veterinary schools that participate in the SEF competition has an award winner, who then competes for the national award. For more information, visit

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 22 AVMA-accredited US veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year.

Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

Ross Student Wins Simmons Business Aptitude Award
(Left to right) Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Professor Guy St. Jean, DVM, dipl. ACVS, looks on as third year Ross student John Graham accepts congratulations from David McCormick, SEF representative, for becoming the first Ross student, and the first international student, to win the prestigious Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude award.


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