Kansas veterinary loan repayment laws

August 2008

KANSAS STATUTES ANNOTATED
CHAPTER 76.--STATE INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES; HISTORICAL PROPERTY
ARTICLE 4.--KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

76-4,112. Veterinary training program for rural Kansas; administration of program; program agreements; loans, requirements; postponement of obligations; satisfaction of obligations.

(a) There is hereby established the veterinary training program for rural Kansas at the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas state university which shall be developed and implemented in order to provide encouragement, opportunities and incentives for persons pursuing a veterinary medicine degree program at Kansas state university to locate their veterinary practice in rural Kansas communities and receive specialized training targeted to meet the needs of livestock producers and rural Kansas communities. The program shall be administered by the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas state university.

(b) Subject to the provisions of appropriation acts, in accordance with the provisions of this section, the college may enter into program agreements with up to five first-year veterinary students per year who have entered into a program agreement. Preference shall be given to those students who are Kansas residents and who agree to serve in a county as described in subsection (d)(3) which is determined to be an underserved area for the practice of veterinary medicine as determined by the college.

(c) Subject to the provisions of appropriation acts, each student entering into a program agreement under this section shall receive a loan in the amount of $20,000 per year for not more than four years for tuition, books, supplies and other school expenses, and travel and training expenses incurred by the student in pursuing a veterinary medicine degree. Upon satisfaction of all commitments under the provisions of the agreement and the provisions of this section, the loans provided pursuant to this section shall be deemed satisfied and forgiven.

(d) Each program agreement shall require that the person receiving the loan:

(1) Complete the veterinary medicine degree program at the college;

(2) complete all advanced training in public health, livestock biosecurity, foreign animal disease diagnosis, regulatory veterinary medicine and zoonotic disease, and an externship and mentoring requirement with a licensed, accredited veterinarian in rural Kansas as required by the college;

(3) engage in the full-time practice of veterinary medicine in any county in Kansas which has a population not exceeding 35,000 at the time the person entered into the program agreement for a period of at least 12 continuous months for each separate year a student receives a loan under the program, unless such obligation is otherwise satisfied as provided in this section. A program agreement whereby the person pursuant to such agreement is engaging in the full-time practice of veterinary medicine in a county that no longer meets the maximum population requirements provided in this subsection after the date that such program agreement was entered into by the college and the person shall continue in full force and effect subject to the other requirements contained in this section;

(4) commence such full-time practice of veterinary medicine within 90 days after completion of such person's degree program, or if such person enters a post-degree training program such as a graduate school or internship or residency program, within 90 days after completion of such post-degree training program; and

(5) upon failure to satisfy the obligation to engage in the full-time practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the provisions of this section, repay to the college, within 90 days of such failure, the amount equal to the amount loaned to such person less a prorated amount based on any such periods of practice of veterinary medicine meeting the requirements of this section, plus interest at the prime rate of interest plus 2% from the date such loan accrued. Such interest shall be compounded annually.

(e) An obligation to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be postponed during: (1) Any period of temporary medical disability during which the person obligated is unable to practice veterinary medicine due to such disability; and (2) any other period of postponement agreed to or determined in accordance with criteria agreed to in the practice agreement.

(f) An obligation to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the provisions of the agreement and this section shall be satisfied: (1) If the obligation to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with the agreement has been completed; (2) if, because of permanent disability, the person obligated is unable to practice veterinary medicine; or (3) the person obligated dies.

(g) The college may adopt additional provisions, requirements or conditions to participate in this program as are practicable and appropriate to accomplish the provisions of the program or may be required for the implementation or administration of the program, and, in any case, as are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section or the provisions of appropriation acts.

(h) As used in this section: (1) 'College' means the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas state university; (2) 'program' means the veterinary training program for rural Kansas established pursuant to this section; and (3) 'program agreement' means an agreement to meet all the obligations provided in this section by a person who is a first-year veterinary student at the college, and provides benefits to such person as provided in this section.

(i) The college shall not enter into any program agreements pursuant to the provisions of this section after July 1, 2016. All program agreements entered into prior to such date shall continue in full force and effect subject to the requirements of this section.


Source: AVMA Staff Research, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Dept.
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779