Emily Marcus received this year's national Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award. It is a national award given to a third-year veterinary student to bring attention to the importance of business education in veterinary practice. Marcus is a Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences student. She is the current senior adviser of the Veterinary Business Management Association. Marcus plans to pursue an internship and residency in ophthalmology or oncology.
The award consisted of a $15,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2011 North American Veterinary Conference in January. Each of the 29 veterinary schools or colleges that participate in the competition has an award winner, who then competes for the national award.