Veterinary Workforce Issues

Issue Summaries for the 113th Congress


H.R. 1125/S. 553, Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act of 2013

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) provides loan repayment to veterinarians who agree to practice in shortage situations across the country, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This legislation would make the VMLRP loan repayment awards tax exempt, thereby increasing the number of veterinarians that could participate in the program. At present, the awards are taxed at a rate of 39 percent.

Status: U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.-5) introduced H.R. 1125 on March 13, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) introduced S. 553 on March 13, 2013, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Passage
Primary Contact: Gina Luke