May 3, 2012

USDA-NIFA host Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program webinars

By Stephanie Fisher
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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will hold four live webinar sessions for veterinarians who are considering applying to the USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). Each session will provide an in-depth explanation of the VMLRP application process.

Dates and Times (Eastern Time) are:

  • May 3, 2012, 11:00 A.M.
  • May 3, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
  • May 15, 2012, 11:00 A.M.
  • May 15, 2012, 4:00 P.M.

The AVMA works persistently to ensure Congress funds the VMLRP. The VMLRP has been AVMA’s top appropriations request since the program was authorized. As a result of AVMA’s and our strategic partners’ efforts to secure funding, the USDA will award about $4.3 million to veterinarians in 2012.  Since 2010, 419 veterinarians have applied to the VMLRP; of these 131 have received VMLRP awards totaling nearly $12.7 million.  In exchange for loan repayment awards veterinarians sign three-year contracts with the USDA to provide much needed services in USDA-designated veterinarian shortage situations such as food animal medicine, public health, epidemiology, and food safety.

The application period for the program closes on June 15, 2012. For more information on the webinars and the program, visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/animals/in_focus/an_health_if_vmlrp_webinars.html.

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