USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) just announced $2.4 million in funding available to relieve veterinarian shortages and support veterinary services.
That funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Services Grant Program and authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
The Veterinary Services Grant Program supports development, implementation, and sustainability of veterinary services to relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the United States and insular areas. Grants will be made available on a competitive basis for these purposes:
- To establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.
- To provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety.
- To cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety or food animal medicine.
Eligible applicants for education, extension and training programs include: state, national, allied or regional veterinary organization or specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association; college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; university research foundation or veterinary medical foundation; department of veterinary science or department of comparative medicine accredited by the US Department of Education; state agricultural experiment station; or state, local or tribal government agency.
Eligible applicants for rural practice enhancement programs include for-profit or nonprofit entities or individuals operating veterinary clinics in rural areas and veterinarian shortage areas as specified in the request for applications.
The deadline for applications is May 19, 2017, and details are available on this request for applications web page.