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— Thirty-one Veterinary Technician Students Awarded Various Scholarships Totaling $37,000 —

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) and The Hartz Mountain Corporation, along with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), are pleased to announce the winners of the AKC/Hartz Veterinary Technician Scholarship.

Scholarships were awarded to 31 students from 26 U.S. accredited schools of veterinary technology. These awards include 6 awards of $2,000 each and 25 awards of $1,000 each.

The AKC has awarded annual scholarships to veterinary students since 1991 and last year expanded the program to include the veterinary technician.

“The AKC strives to assist the veterinary profession in providing the best possible care for all dogs,” said Debra Bonnefond, Director of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program. “We are very pleased to once again offer these scholarships in order to continue our efforts in supporting the hard-working students who will become instrumental in the continuing health of our beloved companion animals.”

“The Hartz Mountain Corporation realizes that often, the veterinarian technician acts as the main line of communication between veterinarians and their patients and clients,” said Dr. Albert H. Ahn, Corporate Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Hartz. “In recognition and celebration of the important role veterinary technicians play in veterinary practices, laboratories and other institutions across the nation, Hartz is proud to again join AKC as sponsor of Veterinary Outreach.”

“We at NAVTA feel fortunate to have partnered with the American Kennel Club and The Hartz Mountain Corporation for a second year,” said Patrick Navarre, Executive Director, NAVTA. “These two fine organizations clearly recognize the importance of veterinary technicians and the role they play in the veterinary healthcare team.”

To be eligible, candidates must be current, full-time students at an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited Veterinary Technician school and be a NAVTA student member or a member of a NAVTA Student Chapter. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, activities in the small animal, exotics, and research, and activities in NAVTA and SCNAVTA.

Additional information about the scholarships can be found on the AKC Web site at as well as the NAVTA Web site at


AKC/Hartz Veterinary Technicians Scholarships 2006

$2,000.00 Awards

  • Melinda Bough – St. Petersburg College
  • Rebecca Huskins – Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Bobbi King – Cosumnes River College
  • Bruce Leung – Mount Ida College
  • Lisa Rishel-Marzban – Pierce College
  • Alisha Staton – University of Cincinnati/Raymond Walters College

$1,000.00 Awards

  • Julia Alpin – Western Career College
  • Melissa Best – Cuyahoga Community College
  • Michelle Brown – Front Range Community College
  • Michelle Bruegger – Minnesota School of Business/Shakopee
  • Karin Cartwood – Community College of Southern Nevada
  • Lisa Cothran – Cedar Valley College
  • Laura Doton – Wilson College
  • Diana Gregory – Vet Tech Institute
  • Amber Landacre – Tri-County Technical College
  • Suzanne Langlois – Mount Ida College
  • Katerina Marshall – Lincoln Memorial
  • Michelle Nicoloff – University of Cincinnati/Raymond Walters College
  • Randall Pitcher – Long Technical College
  • Amanda Quillin – Brevard Community College
  • Laura Reimer – Harcum College
  • Carole Strumph – LaGuardia Community College
  • Tara Suffers – Western Career College
  • Lauri Tyeryar – Columbia State Community College
  • Lindsay Turnbull – Mount Ida College
  • Stacey Walcott – Michigan State University
  • Catherine Wenner – Macomb Community College
  • Heather West – Colorado Mountain College
  • Amber Whitaker – Yuba College
  • Lori Whittington – Tulsa Community College
  • Diana Wojtkiewicz – Macomb Community College