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Ask Congress to Help Relieve Veterinary Shortages

Veterinary shortages are a serious problem – they threaten animal health, public health and agricultural communities. There’s a bill in Congress that can help: the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (S. 487/H.R. 1268).

Currently, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) helps fill veterinary shortages by providing loan repayment awards to veterinarians who commit to serving in a federally-designated shortage area. But there’s not enough funding to fill demand for the program, in part because each award is subject to a 39 percent federal tax. If this tax were removed, an additional 211 veterinarians could have served in shortage areas since the program’s launch in 2010.  

The VMLRP Enhancement Act will eliminate this tax so more veterinarians can serve in shortage areas and help our nation’s farmers and ranchers. Tell your members of Congress to support this important bill!

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