USDA awards $3M in 2020 to help rural veterinary companies

The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced in September that it has granted nearly $ 3 million in grants under the Veterinary Services Grant Program to support rural veterinary services.

“VSGP helps to alleviate the shortage of veterinarians and support veterinary services,” read the September 2nd issue of the NIFA update. “VSGP supports qualified institutions in the development, implementation and maintenance of veterinary services through education, training, recruitment, placement and retention of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students of veterinary medicine. Veterinarians are vital to America’s food safety and safety, and to the health and wellbeing of animals and humans. “

The grants went to the following 10 rural practices:

  • Agricultural Veterinary Services, Buckingham, Virginia.
  • Ark Veterinary Services, Sumter, South Carolina.
  • Bar SL Veterinary Services, Edgewood, New Mexico.
  • Crazy Mountain Veterinary Service, Harlowtown, Montana.
  • Farm Call Vet, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
  • Greenwood Veterinary Clinic, West Lebanon, Indiana.
  • Leading Veterinary Services, Hayward, Wisconsin.
  • Mid-Michigan Equine Services, Laingsburg, Michigan.
  • Monticello Veterinary Clinic, Monticello, Iowa.
  • Thousand Hills Mobile Veterinary Services, Commerce, Georgia.

Among the fellows, the Crazy Mountain Veterinary Service in Montana will use its funds to educate beef producers and young people about cattle veterinary medicine.

“In practical training courses, manufacturers learn which veterinary diseases they can effectively treat and which problems require immediate intervention by a veterinarian,” according to the grant objectives. “We also hope to inspire young people to look at beef production or veterinary medicine as a career.”

The grants also went to the following seven educational projects:

  • “Your Practice Now and Next Generation Workshops,” American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
  • “Online veterinary avian medicine course aimed at small poultry producers to ensure early disease detection for animal / public health,” University of Kentucky.
  • “Collaborative Food Animal Diagnostician and Anatomic Pathology Training Grant,” University of Minnesota.
  • “Show-Me VET ECHO: Veterinary Education (VET) by Expanding the Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Program,” University of Missouri.
  • “Improving the Sustainability of Rural Veterinarians through Mentoring, Targeted Education, Telemedicine, and Disease Syndrome Monitoring,” Texas A&M University.
  • “Expanding Food Armor Veterinary Student Education Program: Reaching More Food Animal and Early Vets Students in the United States,” Food Armor Foundation.
  • “Building a Veterinary Mastermind: Leaning on Each Other to Improve Professional Development Skills,” said Wisconsin VMA.