The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

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The VMLRP will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA-designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. To learn more about the VMLRP, click on the links below.

​​​VMLRP General Information
Information for anyone interested in the VMLRP, including, but not limited to, legislative authority, regulations, Federal Register notices, reports and statistics, and a glossary pertaining to the VMLRP.

VMLRP timeline
General Timeline for the process and events specifically pertaining to the different aspects of the VMLRP program.

VMLRP Applicants
Information for veterinarians interested in applying to the program, including eligibility, loan consolidation, the application review process, a guide to completing the application, and application forms.

VMLRP Participants
Information for award recipients on the following topics: service obligation, tax allowance, the loan repayment process, etc

VMLRP Shortage Situations
Information on veterinarian shortage situations and the nomination process including links to the designated Veterinarian Shortage Situation Map, Veterinarian Shortage Situation Nomination form, and a guide for State Animal Health Officials completing the nomination form.


National Program Leaders:
Robert Smith and Kathe Bjork

Financial and Award Administrative:
Linda Cambron

General Email:


National Institute for Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road
Mail Stop 10000 (ten thousand)
Kansas City, MO 64131


Some web pages may offer links to other Internet sites (outside USDA) for convenience to visitors interested in obtaining additional information about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. NIFA and USDA are not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor do NIFA and USDA endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these external Internet sites.

For information on another program addressing veterinary shortages, visit the Veterinary Services Grant Program.

Program Type:
Loan repayment programs

Marlin Azevedo