TAHC Accepting Nominations for Areas of Texas Experiencing Veterinary Shortages
The TAHC is accepting nominations for areas with a shortage of vets working in food animal medicine, rural private practice or public practice.
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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is accepting nominations for geographic areas of Texas experiencing a shortage of veterinarians that work in food animal medicine, rural private practice or public practice. The TAHC will accept nominations until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2022. 

As part of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) FY2023, individuals may submit nominations to the TAHC for areas they believe have a veterinary shortage. Areas selected as having a qualified veterinary shortage may benefit from the VMLRP by having a practicing veterinarian relocate to the area or remain in the area to exchange up to three years of service for the opportunity to have up to $25,000 per year of student loan debt repaid. 

The VMLRP focuses on three types of veterinary practice and will accept nominations in each category: 

  • Type I Shortage – a veterinarian is needed to commit at least 80 percent of their time to private practice food supply veterinary medicine. 
  • Type II Shortage – a veterinarian is needed to commit at least 30 percent of their time to private practice food supply veterinary medicine in a rural area (e.g., remote or economically depressed area). 
  • Type III Shortage – a veterinarian is needed to commit at least 49 percent time of their time to public practice settings (e.g., local, state, or federal governmental work), typically in public health, diagnostic laboratory, meat inspection, epidemiology, or regulatory veterinary medicine. 

The nomination form is available at http://www.tahc.texas.gov/vets/VMLRPShortageNominationForm.pdf. The TAHC will also accept comments regarding the need to re-nominate previously designated areas. To view the FY2022 designated areas click here

The completed nomination form (Pages 1 and 2 only) and comments regarding re-nominations must be submitted by email to comments@tahc.texas.gov

Please provide accurate contact information upon submission. Please do not send forms directly to the USDA. The USDA will only accept nominations that are reviewed, approved, and submitted by the TAHC Executive Director. Please note, the TAHC will review all nominations and may combine geographic areas, if appropriate. 

For more information about the VMLRP and the process of shortage designation, visit the VMLRP website, or contact Dr. Angela Lackie at 737-932-5955 or angela.lackie@tahc.texas.gov

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