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NIFA Invests $3.8 Million in Rural Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Across the U.S.

Food animal veterinarians are critical to maintaining a healthy, secure, and safe food supply and for safeguarding the health and well-being of food animals. Today, there is a critical shortage of food animal veterinarians in both private and public practice, particularly in rural communities in the United States and Insular Areas. Food animal producers rely on veterinarians and veterinary technicians with expertise in food animal medicine and surgery as well as advanced training in herd health, diagnostic medicine, epidemiology, public health, and food safety. NIFA recently announced 22 Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) Awards, including nine Education, Extension, and Training (EET) grants and 13 Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) grants to help mitigate food animal veterinary service shortages in the United States.

RPE Awards: 

  • Alpine Veterinary Services
  • Bear River Animal Hospital
  • Broken Bow Animal Hospital
  • Cambria Veterinary Care
  • Circle C Veterinary Service P.L.L.C.
  • Haskell Veterinary Clinic
  • Hereford Veterinary Clinic, PLLC
  • Louisa Veterinary Services
  • Mazon Mobile Veterinary Service
  • North Star Veterinary Services
  • Sterner Veterinary Clinic
  • Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital
  • Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants PLLC

EET Awards: 

  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • Auburn University
  • Michigan State University
  • Midwestern University
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • The Regents of the University of California (Davis)
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Missouri

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