USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) hosted a stakeholder listening initiative: NIFA Listens Regarding Administration of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP).
As part of the stakeholder input process, NIFA conducted a public meeting to solicit comments regarding the administration of the programs and processes developed and implemented since the conclusion of the first application and award cycle in September 2010 for the VMLRP and September 2016 for the VSGP. Input collected will be used to evaluate and improve processes for shortage situation nominations, shortage area designations and allocations, requests for applications, application processing, processes for matching shortage areas with applicants, and award requirements.
The federal register notice is found here: Federal Register: Notice of Stakeholder Listening Session Regarding Administration of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and Veterinary Services Grant Program.
Submission of written stakeholder input closed at 5 p.m. EST February 7, 2024.
Watch a recording of the listening session: