The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations through education, extension and training as well as support for veterinary practices in designated shortage areas. This funding is was authorized by the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) in the 2014 Farm Bill. 

“These funds support activities for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, helping them gain the specialized skills to address shortages in parts of the country,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Funds are also available for establishing or expanding veterinary practices in underserved rural areas.” 

The competitive VSGP grants support activities to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services through education, training, recruitment, and retention of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. Grants will also be made to establish or expand veterinary practices in rural areas.

The VSGP is authorized by Section 7104 of the 2014 Farm Bill and received a first-time appropriation of $2.5 million in the FY16 federal budget.

NIFA will host three Veterinary Services Grant Program webinars, May 10, 11 and 15, to provide information to applicants and address their questions.

Applications are due June 17, 2016. See the request for applications for more information.