Veterinary Services Grant Program

The purpose of the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is to relieve veterinarian shortage situations and support veterinary services. Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to qualified entities to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services through education, training, recruitment, placement, and retention of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. Grants will also be made to establish or expand veterinary practices in rural areas.

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. Initial funding for the program, $2.5 million, was appropriated in the FY 2016 budget. We anticipate approximately $3.0 million in funding for FY2019. The legislation emphasizes two areas: Education and Rural Practice Enhancement. In FY 2019, applications will be accepted for both areas. The program's tentative timeline is posted below. Dates are listed as TBD, pending the publishing of the FY 2019 VSGP RFA.

Veterinary Services Grant Program
Date Program Action
04/5/2019 FY2019 Request for Applications (RFA) published
5/29/2019 at 5pm ET Application period closes
September 2019 Awards to be granted to selected applicants

Please continue to check this page for updates. For information on another program addressing veterinary shortages, visit the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.

Contact Information

For further information, email:

Program Type:
Grant Program
Robert Smith
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