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

Thomas Kile, Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2023, is the recipient of the SEF Business Aptitude Award. The award this year is $25,000, one of the highest awards in the industry. Kile was selected on the basis of his response to the SEF Business Case Study, which asked for solutions to current challenges in veterinary business ownership and practice management, as well as on the strength of his educational resume.


Thomas Kile presented with $25,000 award from SEF

“I feel extremely fortunate to win this award, and I now have the knowledge on how to buy a practice top to bottom!” said Kile, now a fourth-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Read Thomas Kile’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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