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The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is a nationally competitive opportunity for qualified veterinarians to reduce their educational debt by agreeing to provide professional veterinary services for three years in designated, high priority, veterinary food supply shortage situations throughout the US and its insular areas.

​The VMLRP will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA-designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. 

Learn more about VMLRP​​

VMLRP General Information
Information for anyone interested in the VMLRP, including, but not limited to, legislative authority, regulations, Federal Register notices, reports and statistics, and a glossary pertaining to the VMLRP.

VMLRP Timeline
General Timeline for the process and events specifically pertaining to the different aspects of the VMLRP program.

VMLRP Shortage Situations
Information on veterinarian shortage situations and the nomination process including links to the designated Veterinarian Shortage Situation Map, Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nomination form, and a guide for State Animal Health Officials completing the nomination form.

VMLRP Applicants
Information for veterinarians interested in applying to the program, including eligibility, loan consolidation, the application review process, a guide to completing the application, and application forms.

VMLRP Awardees
Information for award recipients on the following topics: service obligation, tax allowance, the loan repayment process, etc.

VMLRP Reports & Statistics 

Information on reports and statistics related to the VMLRP, such as comments from the listening session, annual reports and a program summary. (Scroll down the left list of topics to view reports & statistics.)

VMLRP Resources

Information on additional resources such as a map of AVMA accredited veterinary medical colleges, glossary, and load document tutorials. (Scroll down the left list of topics to view resources.)

Contact Information

National Program Leaders:

Financial and Award Administrative Contact:

General Email:

Mailing Address:
National Institute for Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road
Mail Stop 10000 (ten thousand)
Kansas City, MO 64131



Some web pages may offer links to other Internet sites (outside USDA) for convenience to visitors interested in obtaining additional information about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. NIFA and USDA are not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor do NIFA and USDA endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these external Internet sites.

For information on another program addressing veterinary shortages, visit the Veterinary Services Grant Program.

Program type
Loan Repayment Programs

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