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Arkansas : Veterinary medicine loan repayment program open through March 16

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $5.7 million in available funding through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program to help eligible veterinarians repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. Eligible applicants must have a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by July 1, 2018, and must have minimum qualifying educational loan debt of $15,000. The deadline for application is March 16, 2018.



Qualifying veterinarians must commit to at least three years in a designated veterinary shortage area. Veterinary shortage areas in Arkansas are provided below. NIFA may repay up to $25,000 of student loan debt per year. The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program is a nationally competitive process. Interested veterinarians can learn more, here, or should contact Arkansas State Veterinarian Dr. Brandon Doss at 501-823-1733 or



Arkansas Veterinary Shortage Areas

Type Counties
II – Private Practice Calhoun, Columbia, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union
II – Private Practice Conway, Perry, Van Buren, Yell
II – Private Practice Fulton, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp
III – Public Practice Entire State
II – Private Practice Crawford, Madison, and Washington



The Arkansas Agriculture Department is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. Learn



From a release

Terry Simmons