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

The application period closed on Friday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. (ET), and we are no longer accepting VMLRP applications for FY 2019. The deadline to submit recommendation letters for previously submitted FY 2019 applications is Friday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Click on “VMLRP Applicants” below for more details.

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

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 Panelists
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.


Phone: (202) 401-4952
Fax: (202) 720-6486

U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
STOP 2220
Washington, DC 20250-2220


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 Program
Joseph Perez

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