Identifying veterinary shortage areas is a central component of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), which helps place veterinarians where they are needed. AVMA members can play a key role by helping their state officials nominate these areas.
Your state’s chief animal health official (CAHO)—typically your state veterinarian—has until Feb. 10 to submit nominations for shortage designation. Officials may need help in identifying your state’s geographical areas that have a shortage of veterinarians or areas of veterinary practice that have a shortage, such as food animal medicine, public health, epidemiology, pathology and food safety. If you are aware of a shortage that ought to be considered, please contact your state’s CAHO.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already alerted all CAHOs that the nomination phase is open. The VMLRP solicitation for nominations has been published in the Federal Register. In addition, information about the process can be found on the USDA’s website.