About Simmons

Your Experts In Veterinary Practice Sales & Appraisals

Since 1977, Simmons has been a trusted business advisor and broker to thousands of veterinarians. We specialize exclusively in veterinary practice sales, appraisals, and brokerage. We have created thousands of opportunities for veterinarians to experience the freedom of practice ownership and exiting on their own terms. Wherever you are in your veterinary career, Simmons & Associates is here for you.

Our Team

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Doyle Watson, DVM – President and CEO
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David McCormick, MS, CVA
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Wilson McManus, DVM, CVPM
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Byron Farquer, DVM, CVA
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David King, DVM, CVA
Nikki Nitz, CPA, CMA
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Elizabeth Bellavance, DVM, MBA
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Sean Coyle, Veterinary Broker
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Carly Watson Tobler, VP, Southeast Sales
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Stacy Cadieux, CBI
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Kate Owens, DVM, MBA, CVA

Why Choose Simmons?

We understand that selecting a broker or appraisal specialist is a major decision. For nearly five decades, veterinarians have trusted Simmons to plan and execute an ownership transition. We earned their trust and look forward to earning yours as well.

How We Help

Buying/Financing a Practice

Our goal is to find the right fit for you, with a location, practice size, and area of specialty where you can excel. Simmons can guide you through every step of the buying process, from identifying the practice that’s the right fit for you to relationships with lenders. We take you from the first handshake to the first day you hold the keys to the practice in your hands.

Selling a Practice

Veterinarians spend many years building strong relationships with staff and clients. We know it’s important to you that that the new owner continues to take good care of your customers and employees. Simmons walks you through every step of the selling process and helps you maximize the value of your practice.


This can be one of the most challenging and complex parts of changing practice ownership. Our experience makes the contract & negotiation process much smoother for all parties. Having a knowledgeable advisor involved in the negotiations helps minimize conflicts that may arise.


Exit Strategy

The sooner you begin your exit planning the longer it has to work for you, the more your practice will be worth, and you will minimize your risk exposure. Helping owners develop and execute a well-thought exit strategy in advance of sale is an integral aspect of the advisors at Simmons.

Benefits to Working with Simmons

Leadership & Experience

Simmons is the oldest and most experienced veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm in the nation. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians through the process of buying or selling a veterinary practice. You can confidently reach for expert advice with a call to any of our 12 regional offices.

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 Blanketing the Market

Simmons has 12 regional offices ready to go to work for you. We have the ability to blanket the market with our advertising and marketing – leveraging our regional offices and national advertising to offer reach that a small regional office simply doesn’t have. Our multifaceted advertising and marketing touch every corner of the market. 

Simmons has a frequent presence at state, regional, and national meetings, with booths to advertise our listed practices. We are also frequent speakers at:

  • VMX
  • SWVS
  • WVC
  • AVMA
  • AAHA

When we post a new listing, we inform our extensive national database, which quickly puts potential buyers in touch with sellers. This is especially effective for buyers who have registered for Simmons’ Practice Watch Program to receive instant notifications.

Simmons also advertises regularly in JAVMA, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, DVM360, and local and state newsletters.


Several factors determine our fees. For veterinary practice sales, they are usually based on a percentage of the sales price. For appraisals, we charge a flat or hourly fee.

 Knowing the Right Price

An expert Simmons valuation can be your most important negotiation asset, whether buying or selling a veterinary practice. With many factors that affect price and value, Simmons uses expert methodology and decades of experience to guide clients through this crucial step. We work very hard to ensure pricing is fair to both buyers and sellers.

 Ensuring Confidentiality

Simmons understands the importance of confidentiality. Selling a veterinary practice on your own might fuel speculation among your staff and clients, potentially resulting in an unwanted exodus. In addition, buyers often wish to begin purchasing their own practice before informing their current employers.

We strictly require confidentiality agreements from buyers and screen them prior to releasing sensitive practice information. Simmons also holds buyer information in confidence.

 Speakers Bureau

Several Simmons experts are available to speak at your local, state, regional, or national meetings on topics related to buying, selling, or appraising veterinary practices or on other practice management topics.

 Paving the Way

We know what works and what doesn’t. Simmons experts guide you through the process to ensure a smooth practice transition. If you are buying a veterinary practice, we can assist in interpreting practice and financial data. If you are selling your practice, we offer the guidance and leadership necessary to see the sale through to a successful conclusion.

Veterinary Practices For Sale

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