The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

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 situations for a period of three years. To learn more about the VMLRP, click on the links below:

General Information

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


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


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

State Animal Health Officials

Veterinary Shortage Situation Nomination form, a guide to completing the nomination form, and a map of designated shortage areas.


Information for anyone interested in serving on the Nomination or Awards Panels, including the questionnaire and a description of roles and responsibilities for each panel.

Fiscal Year 2015 Timeline

November 19, 2014

Publication in the Federal Register of the Solicitation for Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nominations from State and Insular Area Animal Health Officials or Designees (60-day solicitation period)

January 20, 2015

Submission deadline for Shortage Situation nominations

March 2015

Posting of FY 2015 Designated Veterinarian Shortage Situations on NIFA web site

April 2015

Posting of FY 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) and publication in the Federl Register of the Notice of RFA

June 2015

Application period closes

September 2015

Offers made to selected individual veterinarian applicants


Contact Information

For further information, contact: VMLRP

Program Type: 
Grant Program
Joseph Perez

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