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2018 Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of funding to help eligible veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act. 

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The VLMRP supports NIFA’s Animal Systems portfolio by facilitating professional workforce development in critical agricultural sectors related to animal health and well-being. The program contains three general categories of participation: Mitigation of private practice shortage situations, mitigation of public veterinary practice and specialty veterinary discipline shortage situations, and service in animal health emergencies.

New applications and renewals are accepted. NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in its competitive grant programs through an external peer review process. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria varies among programs.

There is $5.7 million in available funding to support VLMRP. For more information, see the VLMRP Request for Applications web page.

Deadline to apply is March 16, 2018. 

Interested individuals that have PA specific questions can contact Dr. Dave Wolfgang at


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