VMLRP Application Guide

The following information is a step-by-step guide to preparing and submitting an application to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP).

All eligible veterinarians are encouraged to apply for loan repayment. NIFA has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages women, individuals from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria to apply. Please be sure to review the eligibility criteria before you submit an application for a service agreement with the VMLRP.

The current VMLRP application cycle is CLOSED

In addition to completing the application forms, the applicant must provide loan documentation, including a promissory note and a current account statement for each loan prior to the application deadline.

Awards will be announced in September 2018.

This section offers a convenient and efficient location for all application forms for the VMLRP. Each form is available as a fillable PDF, except for the personal statement which is also provided in MS Word format. An application checklist is available to assist you with the submission of your application. If you have questions or have trouble downloading any of the forms, please contact us. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of this page

Individuals may submit only one application per cycle. Review the FY 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) and all details provided in each of the forms and submit your application.

The application is composed of eight forms:

  1. Applicant Information Form (NIFA-01-10)
  2. Personal Statement (NIFA-02-10)
  3. List of Recommenders (NIFA-03-10)
  4. Loan Information Form (NIFA-04-10)
  5. Contract (NIFA-05-10)
  6. Certifications for Application (NIFA-06-10)
  7. Intent of Employment (NIFA-07-10)
  8. Recommendations (NIFA-08-10)

Applicants are also required to include a Curriculum Vitae and an official transcript from the applicant’s professional veterinary degree program.

Please pay special attention to the Loan Information forms, which request details of all qualified loans you wish to be considered for repayment. If you have more than one loan, complete a separate form for each individual loan. It is important that you submit all Loan Information Forms along with your application. No additional forms will be accepted once an award is approved. Transcripts must be in the original unopened envelope, if mailed with application. 

Please type your answers and add your full name (Last, First, Middle) on the upper right corner of all pages. Handwritten answers in your application will not be accepted.

Complete all sections of each application form and review the information carefully before submitting. Mail the original forms - keep a copy for your records - and any required documentation to:

Regular mail

VMLRP Applications
Division of Animal Systems (Attn: Lisa Stephens)
USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
STOP 2240
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2240

Special Delivery or Overnight Mail

VMLRP Applications
Division of Animal Systems (Attn: Lisa Stephens)
USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
Room 3331, Waterfront Centre
800 9th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

It is expected that VMLRP applicants will propose in their application to provide professional veterinary services that: 1) correspond to the shortage situations described in the nomination; and 2) serve all areas (e.g. counties, regions, clientele, etc.) described or listed in the nomination form. A strong case should be made within the body of the application as to why the applicant is still the best match for the shortage if unable to serve all areas, species or activities as described in the shortage form. 

In considering such factors, applicants are encouraged to engage in prior consultation with, and receive concurrence from, the animal health official who prepared the nomination - using contact information provided for the nominator on the nomination form - and the NIFA National Program Leader serving as the VMLRP manager. Except for extenuating circumstances, applicants may not propose modifications that substantially deviate from the NIFA-designated shortage situations described in the approved nominations.

How to Complete the VMLRP Application

Please type your answers and include your full name on the upper right corner of all pages. Handwritten answers in your application will not be accepted.

A checklist is provided to assist you with the submission of your application. NIFA reserves the right to contact you to request additional documentation.

Submit Application

Applications must be mailed to the following address:

​Applicant Frequently asked questions(FAQ's)

​Please see the following page for FAQ's for the applicants and the application process for the VMLRP program.

Regular mail

VMLRP Applications
Division of Animal Systems (Attn: Lisa Stephens)
USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
STOP 2240
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2240

Special Delivery or Overnight Mail

VMLRP Applications
Division of Animal Systems (Attn: Lisa Stephens)
USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
Room 3331, Waterfront Centre
800 9th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Applications must be received by the published deadline. Applications received after this deadline will normally not be considered for funding, even if the postmark is prior to the deadline.

Correspondence regarding submitted applications will be sent via e-mail or regular mail. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide accurate mailing or e-mail addresses on the Applicant Information (NIFA-01-10) form.

Please be sure to retain a copy of the entire application for your personal records.

Contact Information

For further information, contact: VMLRP.