US vets receive $4.5m in loan repayments

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vet-shotThe US Department of Agriculture has paid more than $4.5 million to 49 veterinarians in the US to help repay their student loans in return for working in areas where vets are needed.

The awards, made by the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help fill shortages in 26 states.

Studies indicate there are significant shortages of veterinarians in certain areas of the country, and in high-priority specialty sectors that require advanced training, such as food safety, epidemiology, diagnostic medicine and public health. A leading cause for this shortage is the heavy cost of four years of professional veterinary medical training which leaves current graduates of veterinary colleges with a mean debt burden of $135,283.

“Rural America is challenged with recruiting veterinarians” said Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA. 
“These professionals often face high student loan debt, leading them to work in locations with larger populations and higher pay. This program offers loan-repayment assistance to veterinarians, allowing them to fill shortages and work in rural areas, ultimately improving the well-being of livestock and providing an abundant and safe food supply for America.”
Recipients are required to commit to three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area.

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  • November 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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    Love the fact that the new vets will receive help with student loans BUT hate the fact that the money is from the USDA which is no friend to animals. Now these vets will have to work with food animal herds to help the cattle barons get richer, etc. They will owe their soul to the government–an awful position.

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