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California Veterinary Shortage Needs

The VMLRP and VSGP application period for 2023 is now OPEN.

Are you a veterinarian looking for veterinary education loan repayment help? If so, jump to the VMLRP section below.
Are you a veterinarian looking for financial assistance in your practice that will serve a veterinary shortage area? If so, jump to the VSGP section below.

VMLRP - USDA NIFA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

USDA’s NIFA – Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is now open for applications. This program helps qualified veterinarians offset a portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees (up to $25,000/year) in return for 3 years of service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. To view the designated shortage areas in California, please click here.

There are 3 categories of service shortages:

3 categories of service shortages

In order to receive this assistance, awardees will have to provide proof of service in the area, and funding may only be used to help alleviate veterinary school debt.

VSGP - USDA NIFA Veterinary Services Grant Program

USDA NIFA – Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) Rural Practice Enhancement Program is also open for applications. VSGP is designed to support practice enhancement initiatives, as well as education and extension activities, that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the United States. This program works hand-in-handwith the VMLRP in providing support funds for practices needing help, but without the limitation of solely funding educational loans. Previous awardees have used funds for expanding their practice, such as supplying veterinary offices with necessary equipment, sharing in reasonable directs costs of operating a qualifying veterinary practice, or establishing mobile veterinary facilities. For further information about applying, please click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to nominate* a veterinary shortage area?
As the State Veterinarian is responsible for gathering and composing the application, we are seeking information from county and local representatives who know their regions better than we do.
What is the State Veterinarian’s role?
The State Veterinarian reviews nominations submitted from local areas, regions or counties, and puts forward up to 8 nominations to the VMLRP program. USDA’s  VMLRP program reviews applications nationwide and makes the selections. States, including California, have no role in the actual selection process.
For more information on applying, please refer to USDA NIFA’s VMLRP Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants website.