04 Sep Veterinary Loan Repayment Program Opens in Oct.
From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:
The Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program, VMLRP, https://nifa.usda.gov/program/veterinary-medicine-loan-repayment-program , is a federal program to assist in getting food animal veterinarians into the underserved areas within states. This program is separate and larger than our Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program, http://agr.georgia.gov/georgia-veterinary-education-loan-repayment-program.aspx .
Each year, with the help of Dr. Doris Miller at UGA, nominations for shortage areas are submitted by me for Georgia. Last year, nominations were submitted and were accepted by VMLRP for eight (8) shortage areas within our state. Once the nominations are approved by VMLRP staff, a veterinarian must apply independently to VMLRP and compete with others around the country for a limited number of awards. Over the years, several awards have been given to Georgia veterinary applicants.
I am asking for your help. It is important to understand that I am not asking you to submit any nominations – only the State Animal Health Official can submit nominations. I am seeking your input for identification of shortage areas for the 2020 VMLRP nomination period rapidly approaching. The program has strict deadlines and guidelines; therefore, a rapid response is important. I have included links to the program so that you may review and see what has been done in the past (see shortage situation map under VMLRP Applicants and click on GA) . I ask that you have your response back to me, with the necessary supporting information, by the opening date of the nomination, October 7, 2019.
In addition, I encourage you to promote both programs, State and Federal, to Georgia veterinarians that are in food animal practice.
With both veterinary loan repayment programs (State and Federal) in place; hopefully, we can help to provide more available food animal veterinary service within our state.
Thanks for your help.
Robert M. Cobb, Jr., DVM State Veterinarian