NIFA recently announced 17 Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP) awards, seven Education, Extension, and Training (EET) grants
and 10 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 education, extension, and training (EET) funds for accredited schools and organizations and through rural practice enhancement (RPE) funds for veterinary clinics that provide services in veterinary shortage situations. 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 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.