St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network Wins 2009 Tourism Award


North Brunswick, NJ–December 17, 2009—On October 24, 2009, The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network—which is directed by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine alumna and assistant professor Dr. Kimberly Stewart ‘06—was awarded a 2009 Tourism Award for being the most eco-friendly business in St. Kitts.

Dr. Stewart accepted the award at the Ninth Annual Tourism Awards Banquet, which was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.  A highlight of St. Kitts Tourism Month, the banquet brings together industry leaders and professionals in recognition of their efforts in the various tourism sector businesses in St. Kitts. In attendance at the event were the Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas; Minister of State Ricky Skerritt; ministers of government and various stakeholders of the tourism industry, including board members of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Chief Executive Officer Rosecita Jeffers.

In February, The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network partnered with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in a new eco-friendly approach to tourism at various sea turtle nesting sites in St. Kitts. As part of this initiative, Dr. Stewart noted that one of the major objectives of her organization would be to establish a community-based, long-term sea turtle program involving as many persons as possible in monitoring the local sea turtle population.

Founded in 2003, The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network is a nonprofit organization which monitors nesting sea turtle populations and acts as an advocate for the strengthening of sea turtle protection laws.

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 21 AVMA-accredited US veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year.  The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with clinical education centers in Saginaw, MI, Miami, FL, and The Bahamas.

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.

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