The Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) announced the 30 veterinary students who have been chosen to receive the $3,000 SEF Business Aptitude Award.  Each year the SEF recognizes students who distinguish themselves by demonstrating a keen interest in and aptitude for the pursuit of business excellence in veterinary medicine.

The SEF regional winners are chosen either by a school committee or by a Simmons regional leader.  The $3,000 award is presented at the school’s awards ceremony.  The SEF regional winners then go on to the SEF national competition for a chance to win $15,000 and a trip to the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando where the award will be presented.

The 2012 Business Aptitude Award Winners:

Daniel Weldon – Auburn Alicia  Bays – VA-MD Chad Schow – Western Univ
Nancy Henslee – OK State Andrew Stas – Penn Sharon Ostermann – UC Davis
Jamie Rechy, Jr. – Texas A&M Rachel Collins – Oregon State Daniel Tappmeyer  – Missouri
Brandon Prince – Ross Brett Gulledge – NCSU Katie Weigman – Iowa State
Katelyn Fentiman – Kansas State Roy Arredondo – Tuskegee Sarah  Wahlert – Minnesota
Adam Duris – LSU Cheryl Coplon – Georgia Erin Richards – Michigan State
Katherine Quinter – Ohio State Erich Roush – Wisconsin Ilyssa Meren – Cornell
Katie Barrowclough  – Purdue Kaleigh McVety – Florida Justin Gardner – Colorado State
Sarah Funk – Illinois Courtney Bowers – Mississippi State William  Tancredi – St George
Kristen Britton – WSU Leslie Carter – Tennessee Anne Fleming – Tufts

Want to know how to apply next year?  If you are a student or would like to recommend our program to an aspiring veterinarian in school, check with your schools’ Student Affairs Coordinator or contact the Simmons office in your area for details.

Now in its 10th year, the SEF has donated over $1 million to the veterinary profession.  In addition to the student awards, the SEF sponsors speaking engagements and partners with state and national veterinary organizations, all to provide business education to those in the veterinary community.

About SEF

The SEF is a non-profit corporation founded in 2002 by Simmons & Associates. It was created to educate practitioners and students about the business of veterinary medicine. Since its founding, the SEF has reached thousands of veterinarians through its newsletters and sponsorship of speaking engagements, CE meetings, and veterinary organizations such as NCVEI, VBMA, VLE, and others with similar goals.  The SEF will award over $100,000 to veterinary students in 2012.  Additional information about the SEF can be found at or by calling 800.846.0062.

About Simmons & Associates

Simmons specializes exclusively in veterinary practice sales, valuations, and negotiations.  For over 35 years, Simmons has been a trusted business advisor and broker to thousands of veterinarians buying and selling practices.  Veterinarians can learn more about buying or selling a practice at or by calling 800.333.1984.

For further information or to schedule an interview with an SEF Board member contact:

Stacy Cadieux
Simmons & Associates, Inc. | SEF