Simmons Educational Fund

Improving the Veterinary Profession through Business Education

The Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) has donated more than $3 million to the profession through continuing education, sponsorships, and awards. We are committed to improving veterinary business education to meet the needs of tomorrow’s practicing veterinarian. 

2022 Veterinary Student Awards

Lyla Kotsch, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, is the 2022 recipient of the SEF Business Aptitude Award. The award this year is $25,000, one of the highest awards in the industry. Ms. Kotsch was selected on the basis to her exceptional response to the SEF Business Case Study, which asked applicants to consider how they would go about purchasing an existing practice as a recent graduate, as well as on the strength of her educational resume. 

“The SEF Business Aptitude project was a great exercise for understanding the process and decisions involved in purchasing and building a practice and enabled me to discover the many resources available to veterinarians pursuing practice ownership. The project was challenging, but the result is a personal material path to practice ownership. I am so appreciative of Simmons Education Fund for its support of VBMA and veterinary students and am grateful to be this year’s recipient of the SEF Business Aptitude Award.”  

Read Lyla’s Business Plan

Your Veterinary Practice — Buying, Selling and Merging (3rd Edition) is published by the Simmons Educational Fund and is aimed at helping veterinarians navigate the process of buying or selling a practice.

Written and edited by the veterinary practice transition experts at Simmons who have gathered and documented many issues facing veterinarians today. Includes case studies, statistics, FAQs, and tips to help ensure a smooth and successful transition.

All book proceeds go to the Simmons Educational Fund

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