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:

General Information

THE 2016 VETERINARY MEDICAL LOAN REPAYMENT APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. Sign-up to get an e-mail when the 2017 application period opens.


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.


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.

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.


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 2016 Timeline

7, 2015

Publication in the Federal Register of the Solicitation for Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nominations from State and Insular Area Animal Health Officials or Designees

10, 2016

Submission deadline for Shortage Situation nominations

31, 2016

FY 2016 Designated Veterinarian Shortage Situations posted on NIFA website

5, 2016

FY 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) published

20, 2016

Application period closes


Offers made to selected individual veterinarian applicants

Contact Information

For further information, contact: VMLRP

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

Program Type: 
Loan Repayment Program
Joseph Perez

Policy and Guidelines

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