Student loan program available for rural vets

posted Feb. 12, 2018 8:04 a.m. (CDT)
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New veterinarians can offset some of the cost of their education by committing to practice food animal medicine in one of six regions of Wisconsin or in public health statewide under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program.

The six regions of the state needing food animal veterinarians are Eau Claire-Jackson-Trempealeau counties, Barron County, Chippewa County, Dunn County, Adams-Columbia-Green Lake-Marquette counties and Calumet-Fond du Lac counties.

“These are areas of the state where we have identified a shortage of veterinarians working with food animals,” said Wisconsin State Veterinarian Paul McGraw. “Statewide, we need veterinarians to work with government agencies and other organizations that deal with the intersection of animal health and public health. Participants in the program gain a broad range of experience and get a good portion of their student loans repaid.”

Participants must work in the shortage area for at least three years. In return, they can get up to $25,000 a year toward repaying loans they received to earn their doctoral degrees or equivalent from an accredited veterinary college. Recipients working in the six shortage regions must work with dairy and beef cattle and may also need expertise in working with swine, poultry, goats and sheep.

Applications are due March 16.

 For more information, visit https://​​vmlrp-applicants.

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