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USDA awards funds to support rural veterinary services

Staff Writer |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 13 grants to support rural veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortages in parts of the U.S. and its insular areas.

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The funding from NIFA’s Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

NIFA’s Veterinary Services Grant Program supports two funding categories: Education, Extension, and Training projects are open to state, national, or regional organizations and institutions of veterinary medicine recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association; and Rural Practice Enhancement projects are open to for-profit or non-profit organizations and practices that wish to operate veterinary clinical services in designated rural veterinarian shortage areas.

Among the 2017 projects, Wisconsin’s Mondovi Veterinary Service will expand services to dairy and beef producers in shortage counties by providing new chutes, and veterinary support staff will facilitate services to beef producers lacking suitable facilities for working cattle.

Additionally, faculty at the University of Florida will select eight early-career veterinarians for a three-year training program focused on high quality and advanced aquaculture training for veterinarians practicing in designated rural counties in Florida and neighboring states.

Overall, approximately $2.35 million in grants were awarded.

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