Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, serves as IIAD’s associate director and as Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s associate department head and extension program leader for Veterinary Medical Extension.
As associate director, Simmons assists the Director in the executive operation of the Institute. She provides scientific leadership for all day-to-day project management oversight, works in close concert with the project directors/management and provides direct supervision to employees. Simmons also oversees ad-hoc project teams, coordinates development and submission of associated proposals and budgets, works closely with the Director to ensure overall strategic continuity and, along with the Director, is responsible for facilitating ongoing communication with stakeholders in partner universities, agencies and private industry.
In her previous role at IIAD, Simmons served as Education and Outreach Theme Leader, overseeing a multi-million dollar education and extension portfolio, and building a program portfolio which continues to span K-12, graduate and professional training globally. Simmons has co-developed and implemented six research and extension programs. Internationally, she has provided training to veterinarians worldwide in over 20 countries. She has also authored two textbooks, 15 online courses and 36 Extension training manuals.
Simmons is a member of the United States Animal Health Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. She serves on the OIE ad hoc Working Group for Veterinary Para-professionals.