USDA awards $2.8M in 2021 to support rural veterinary services

The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced in November that it has awarded $ 2.8 million in grants to support rural veterinary services through its Veterinary Services Grant Program.

One of the grants provides $ 165,683 to the Goat Medicine and Manufacturing Veterinary Student Education Project at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black university in Prairie View, Texas.

Prairie View A&M University, a historically black university in Prairie View, Texas, received a US $ 165,683 grant for the Veterinary Goat Medicine and Production Veterinary Student Training Project under the federal veterinary services grant program.

“The need for adequate veterinary care for these unique small ruminants has increased, but opportunities for veterinary students to receive targeted, intensive training in goat medicine are limited,” the project summary said. “This project is offering to address this shortcoming by providing funding to cover travel and living arrangements so that veterinary students can do an internship at the International Goat Research Center at Prairie View A&M University in their clinical year.” As part of the project Goat models are also created to enable veterinary students to practice surgical procedures.

Another six educational projects were funded:

  • “CSU-UAF Hub Outpost Project: Educating for veterinary success in rural communities”, Colorado State University in collaboration with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
  • “Veterinary Microbiology Residency Program at the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.”
  • “Expanding Rural Veterinary Practice through Education in Organic and Unconventional Animal Husbandry,” Iowa State University.
  • “Developed a Food Animal Veterinary Toxicology Education Program at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.”
  • “Go from meowing to moss; Recruiting Teenagers for Food Animal Veterinary Medicine through Education, Experience, and Engagement, ”The Ohio State University.
  • “Veterinary Training,” Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Grants also went to the following 10 rural practices or practitioners:

  • Urban Livestock and Equine Veterinary Services LLC, San Tan Valley, Arizona.
  • Dr. Amy Fousek, Weed, California.
  • West O Street PC Veterinary Clinic, Ogallala, Nebraska.
  • GKW Blue Valley Inc., Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • Twin Forks Clinic Inc., Benkelman, Nebraska.
  • Ellis County Animal Hospital Inc., Shattuck, Oklahoma.
  • Headwaters Veterinary Service, Coudersport, Pennsylvania.
  • Miller Veterinary Clinic PC, Miller, South Dakota.
  • Playa Veterinary Associates PLLC, Panhandle, Texas.
  • Old Dominion Veterinary Services LLC, Ruther Glen, Virginia.

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