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.

General Information

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Initial funding for the program, $2.5 million, was appropriated in the FY 2016 budget. We anticipate similar funding for FY2018. The legislation emphasizes two areas: Education and Rural Practice Enhancement. In FY 2018, applications will be accepted for both areas. The program's tentative timeline is posted below.

Date Program Action
March 22, 2018 FY2018 Request for Applications (RFA) published
February 26, 2018 Applicant Webinar

June 1, 2018

Application period closes - **New deadline**

Late August 2018

Offers made 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.


Date Emphasis Recording
Monday, April 10, 2017 Education, Extension and Training followed by
Rural Practice Enhancement at minute 48:09
Recording Unavailable
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Education, Extension and Training Recording Unavailable
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Rural Practice Enhancement See May 11 session

Contact Information

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Program Type:
Grant Program
Program Specific Resources
Policy and Guidelines

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