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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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The 2019 VMLRP nomination period is now closed.


    Important dates to remember!


Feb
2020
February 2020.
Designated Shortage Situations will be posted on USDA NIFA’s website. Veterinarians may apply to fulfill these shortage needs.


Mar
20
2020
March 20, 2020.
USDA VMLRP application period closes. For additional federal application deadlines, visit USDA NIFA’s website.



Oct
2020
October 2020.
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.

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For more information on VMLRP Shortage Situations, visit the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture website.

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.