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California Veterinary Shortage Needs

USDA NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

You can help guide CDFA’s efforts to nominate veterinary shortage areas for USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program helps qualified 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.

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Fill out the CDFA Nomination Survey and 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.

* Note: Nominating a shortage area to CDFA does not guarantee selection by the NIFA review committee.

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October 30, 2020

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.