VMLRP Shortage Situations

NIFA releases Veterinarian Shortage Situations every year. This page provides information on the shortage area types, the process for nominating a veterinarian shortage situation, and links to the shortage situations map.

The 2019 veterinarian shortage situations have been posted. 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 map of designated Veterinarian Shortage Situations for FY 2019 contains all shortage situation designations for the FY 2019 application cycle. All states shaded blue have at least one designated shortage area. The shortage situations will appear in the table below the map. Additional details for that area can be found by clicking on the pdf or the ID code of the area of interest. Previous years' designations can be found by selecting the year of interest and the applying the filter (data not currently available for all program years.)

Shortage Types

Type I - at least 80% FTE private practice food supply veterinary medicine
Type II - at least 30% FTE private practice food supply veterinary medicine in a rural area
Type III - at least 49% FTE public practice.

Additional information for each shortage type can be found on the VMLRP Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nomination Form webpage.

Nomination Process

On an annual or as needed basis, NIFA releases a Federal Register Notice soliciting nominations for veterinary shortage situations from all State Animal Health Officials (SAHOs; includes chief animal health officials for US insular areas and D.C.) and appropriate Federal Animal Health Official(s) for federal lands allocations. NIFA strongly encourages all SAHOs to involve leading animal health experts in their state in the identification and prioritization of shortage situation nominations.

A review group of federal and state animal health experts is convened by NIFA to evaluate submitted nominations. Following review, this group categorizes each nomination as "Recommended" or "Not Recommended" for designation as a Shortage Area. On behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture, the NIFA Administration makes the final decision for designation.

Each state is allotted a maximum number of nominations that can be submitted each year. View the FY 2019 allocation table to see each states' maximum number of allocations.

Use the Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nomination Form to nominate a shortage situation for the 2018 award cycle. Additional instructions and considerations for filling out the nomination form can be found in the Nomination Guide.

For further information, contact: VMLRP