Timely veterinary care is key to detecting and preventing highly contagious animal diseases, like foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza—as well as maintaining a healthy, safe food supply. But regional shortages of livestock and public health veterinarians leave farm animals at risk.
For many years, some rural communities have suffered from inadequate access to livestock and public health veterinarians. AVMA is a leading supporter of federal legislation and policies that address these access gaps by providing student loan support, federal grants and other assistance to help veterinarians serve rural communities.
Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) helps place food animal and public health veterinarians in high-need rural areas by providing strategic loan repayment help in exchange for service. The AVMA was instrumental in implementing this program, which has been tremendously successful in placing veterinarians into federally designated veterinary shortage areas. But applications for the program routinely exceed available funding, leaving many veterinary shortage areas unfilled.
Learn more about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and how Congress can increase its effectiveness.