The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced 20 Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP) Awards, eight Education, Extension, and Training (EET) grants and 12 Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) grants to help mitigate food animal veterinary service shortages in the United States. The goals of the VSGP are to support food animal veterinary medicine through EET funds for accredited schools and organizations and through RPE funds for veterinary clinics that provide services in veterinary shortage situation areas. This program is designed to support education and Extension activities that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians gain specialized food animal skills and practices. The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the establishment of the VSGP as a companion to the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) to incentivize service in veterinary shortage situations. Ultimately, VSGP will bolster the capacity of private veterinary practitioners to provide food animal medicine in rural veterinarian shortage locations.
FY 2022 Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP) Award Announcement NIFA Invests $3.2 Million in Rural Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Across the U.S.
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