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VMLRP News and Timeline

This page contains a timeline that lays out the process and events behind the VMLRP program. 


February 2024: Technical Assistance Webinar for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

The VMLRP supports NIFA’s Animal Systems portfolio by facilitating professional workforce development in critical agricultural sectors related to animal health and well-being. The program contains two general categories of participation: The VMLRP Request for Applications (RFA) and the 2024 veterinary shortage situations are now available. A new requirement this year is a Letter of Intent (LOI). Specific instructions are available in the VMLRP RFA. The deadline for LOI is April 1, 2024, and the application deadline is April 12, 2024. NIFA encourages interested applicants to thoroughly review the VMLRP RFA before starting an application. Questions about the VMLRP application process may be sent by email to Watch the recording and access a pdf of the slides by clicking the link below for the VMLRP Technical Assistance Webinar.

Technical Assistance Webinar: Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)
Date/Time: Thu, 03/14/2024 - 4:00pm EST

VMLRP Timeline

Dates listed below are subject to change in relation to unforeseen circumstances or administrative changes.

TasksFY 2024FY 2025FY 2026
Shortage Nomination WebinarSeptember 26, 2023September 2024September 2025
Shortage Nomination Cycle OpensOctober 2, 2023October 7, 2024October 2025
Shortage Nomination Cycle ClosedNovember 13, 2023November 12, 2024November 2025
Shortage Situation Areas PostedJanuary 11, 2024February 2025February 2026
Application Period OpensJanuary 11, 2024February 2025February 2026

Technical Assistance Webinar

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March 14, 2024 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM ETMarch 2025March 2026
Letter of Intent DeadlineApril 1, 2024April 2025April 2026
Application Period ClosesApril 12, 2024April 2025April 2026
VMLRP Awards OfferedSeptember 30, 2024September 30, 2025September 30, 2026
VMLRP Service Agreement BeginsJanuary 1, 2025January 1, 2026January 1, 2027
Farm bill priority areas
Animal health and production and animal products

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