Washington, D.C., May 21, 2013
– The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that they are accepting applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) through Friday, May 31.
The VMLRP helps veterinary graduates repay educational loans if they agree to work in veterinary shortage areas as defined by the VMLRP Act, which considers geographical and disciplinary areas that the Secretary of Agriculture determines have a shortage of veterinarians such as food animal medicine, public health, epidemiology, and food safety. Priority is given to agreements with veterinarians who practice food animal medicine in areas where there is a shortage of private practice veterinarians serving the food supply sector.
The program will repay up to $25,000 each year for three years towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians. Loan repayments may consist of payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans undertaken by veterinarians who have earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent from an accredited college of veterinary medicine. This includes loans for tuition and other reasonable educational expenses, including fees, books, and laboratory expenses.
The fiscal year (FY) 2013 Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) application package is available at www.nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp.
Veterinarians who are interested in the program should contact NIFA.
Gary Sherman; National Program Leader,
Veterinary Science; National Institute of
Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department
of Agriculture; STOP 2240; 1400
Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20250–2240; Voice:
202–401–4952; Fax: 202–401–6156;
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Jeanne Johnson, Communications
Phone: 202/371-9195, x144