California Veterinary Shortage Needs
USDA NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program
The 2019 VMLRP nomination period is now closed.
Important dates to remember!
2020 March 20, 2020.
USDA VMLRP application period closes. For additional federal application deadlines, visit USDA NIFA’s website.
While CDFA will continue to accept Nomination Surveys on an ongoing basis, the next CDFA VMLRP nomination period deadline is October 31, 2020. Fill out CDFA’s Nomination Survey to recommend your area for nomination to the CA State Veterinarian*. The State Veterinarian reviews nominations submitted from local areas, regions or counties, and puts forward up to 8 nominations to the VMLRP program.
CDFA’s Nomination Survey forms must be completed and emailed back to the CDFA AUS program by October 31, 2020, for CDFA’s consideration for nomination to USDA.
* Please note: Nominating a shortage area to CDFA does not guarantee selection by the NIFA review committee.
Tip to complete the Survey Form: Save the Survey Form to your computer and complete it using Adobe Acrobat, which can be downloaded for free here. Please email us your completed PDF Survey Form (as an attachment) to AUS at CDFA_AUS@cdfa.ca.gov.
For more information on VMLRP Shortage Situations, visit the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture website.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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