SEF Awards $15,000 to Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Student

St. Simons Island, Georgia – February 7, 2014 – Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences student, Daniel Brown, has been selected to receive the Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) National Business Aptitude Award. The award is given to senior students to bring attention to the importance of business education in veterinary practice.  This year’s case study was to present a new, modern marketing plan for a veterinary practice.  Brown was selected from among 30 national and international candidates based upon his exceptional response.

Daniel Brown with award
Daniel Brown with award

“I am honored that my project was selected and attribute any success on my part to the great education I’ve received at Texas A&M,” said Brown.  “The SEF business case competition gave me a great opportunity to work through a real-life scenario and put together a plan for marketing a practice.  I know a lot more now than I did just a few months ago about online marketing and feel confident I’ll get to apply a lot of what I learned in the not so distant future.”  After graduating from Texas A&M, Brown plans to move to the California Bay Area to work with his dad as a small animal veterinarian.  His interests include surgery, practice management, and veterinary consulting.The SEF awarded Brown with $15,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando.  The award was presented at the National VBMA meeting.

About the SEF Business Aptitude Award:

  • The award is offered to a 3rd year veterinary student at each veterinary school
  • Regional winners are chosen for the $3,000 award
  • The SEF regional winners then go on to the SEF national competition for a chance to win $15,000
  • The award program is promoted by each Simmons & Associates’ region
  • Since its inception 12 years ago, the SEF has donated over $1 million to the veterinary profession

“It’s exciting to see the student’s submissions for a marketing plan for a veterinary practice.  What you see today in a marketing plan is not what you would have seen even just five years ago.” said David King, DVM, CVA, a Simmons professional and SEF trustee.  “Our award winner shows us that business education is more important than ever in veterinary medicine.”

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 VBMA, VLE, and others with similar goals.  Additional information about the SEF can be found at or by calling 208-664-5548

About Simmons & Associates

Simmons specializes exclusively in veterinary practice sales, valuations, and negotiations.  For over 36 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.

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