NAVC Announces Winners Of The Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarships 

Awarded Annually To International And National Veterinary Nurses Who Make An Impact On Their Profession


ORLANDO, FL[FEBRUARY 4, 2022] – Three veterinary nurse/technicians have been recognized for leadership in their field of practice by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). The trio of veterinary professionals each received the Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship which included complimentary registration to VMX 2022, held January 15-19, 2022, with a travel package to Orlando, Florida, enrollment in a VMX Hands-on Workshop and VIP access to VMX special events.


The scholarships are awarded annually to veterinary technicians and nurses who demonstrate a positive impact either in the growth of the profession or in their field of practice. 

The 2022 Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship recipients are:

Belinda Andrews-Jones, RCVS RVN, VTS (ECC), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, National Health Service (NHS), Streetvet, Dorset, England, United Kingdom 

Stephanie, Hollich, LVT, Chase Animal Hospital, Huntsville, Alabama

Andrea Hannigan, CVT, Community Veterinary Service, Animal Health Center, Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Starkville, Mississippi


2022 Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship
The 2022 Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship recipients are Andrea Hannigan, CVT, Stephanie Hollich, LVC and Belinda Andrews-Jones, RCVS, RVN, VTS (ECC)


“The scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Rippie, a leader in the veterinary profession and past NAVC Board president and member who recognized veterinary nurses to be the spoke in the wheel of veterinary practices as well as the heart of the hospital,” said Gene O’Neill, NAVC CEO.  “Dr. Rippie was a true champion of the profession, he valued and promoted the skills veterinary nurses offered to the health and well-being of animals. We are so proud of this year’s scholarship winners who exemplify the exceptional qualities and values of these essential members of our veterinary practice teams.” 

Dr. Rippie served the profession in several capacities:

  • Past Board president of the North American Veterinary Community and former NAVC Board Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Past president of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association,
  • Nine-year member of the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates representing New Jersey, 


During VMX 2022, the NAVC launched the Veterinary Nurse Empowerment Initiative to elevate and advance veterinary nurses and credentialed technicians to help them reach their full potential and ultimately improve the efficiency of veterinary teams and the health of animals everywhere.


The application period for the 2023 Rippie Scholarships opens April 1, 2022 on

About the NAVC 

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including: educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit



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