SEF Business Aptitude Award

What will your winning essay be?

We are proud to announce that every year, the SEF awards $3,000 to one veterinary student from each participating school in the nation through its Business Aptitude Award Program. From the total winners, one student receives $15,000 for an award-winning essay submission. In addition, the national award winner will receive a trip to the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando in order to receive the award.

2010 SEF Award Winner

SEF Business Aptitude Award Details

Mission: To recognize students who distinguish themselves by demonstrating a keen interest in and aptitude for the pursuit of business excellence in veterinary medicine.

  • The award is offered to a 3rd year veterinary student at each veterinary school in the U.S.
  • The awards are given at the school's spring awards ceremonies
  • Recipients are chosen either by a school committee or by a Simmons regional leader. Please check with your school for details.
  • All $3,000 winners are eligible to compete for the $15,000 grand award
  • All regional winners submit to the SEF board a resume and a short essay
  • The SEF board will choose the $15,000 winner

How to Apply

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.

2014 SEF Business Aptitude Award Winner

Daniel Brown, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine

Danny was selected from among 30 national and international candidates based upon his exceptional response to the SEF case study. This year respondents had to present a new, modern marketing plan for a veterinary practice.

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.

"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."

"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."

View Daniel Brown's winning marketing project here.

View the 2014 Winners

View the 2012 and 2013 Winners

View the 2010 and 2011 Winners

View the 2008 and 2009 Winners

View the 2006 and 2007 Winners

View the 2004 and 2005 Winners

"Congratulations - SEF has taken our Business Aptitude Program to one of the leading such programs among veterinary colleges! Thank you!"

Claire Eldridge, UTCVM

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