Panelists needed to recommend repayment recipients

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The Department of Agriculture is seeking public and private veterinarians to serve on a panel that will help determine which veterinarians will receive federal money to repay student loans.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture needs to receive, by June 1, applications from veterinarians who want to serve on a volunteer awards panel for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. Any person can serve on the panel, but the agency is particularly looking for veterinarians with knowledge about food supply veterinary medicine and public practice.

Panelists will review applications and recommend which veterinarians should receive up to $25,000 yearly toward repayment of educational loans in exchange for service in areas with an absence of veterinarians or a shortage in a field such as food animal medicine or public health.

Awards panel members should expect to meet for three days in August in Washington, D.C. Panelists eligible for compensation will receive $225 daily honorariums and travel reimbursement.

Those interested in applying need to complete a questionnaire available at by searching for "VMLRP panelist." Or call Lisa Stephens at (202) 401-6438.