There’s a new government program working to get more veterinarians in underserved communities

Last year, USDA made more than 200 shortage designations for livestock veterinarians in rural areas. Animal health officials are hoping education about debt relief programs can help solve some of the problems.

Michigan’s state vet, Nora Wineland, tells Brownfield Ag News she wants to talk to grad students about federal programs. She hopes getting to them earlier could influence them to consider food animal medicine.

USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program offers $25,000 in student debt payments for at least three years. Recently, Michigan State University partnered with the state to create a mobile vet unit to serve animal shelters in underserved communities.