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Georgia State Veterinary Education Board announces loan repayment recipients

 

By: Georgia Department of Agriculture release
7/12/2017 11:46:41 AM

 

The State Veterinary Education Board (SVEB) of Georgia has selected five veterinarians to participate in the inaugural year of the Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program. The SVEB received 11 applications for the program's first year of funding. Participants for the 2017 Award Year are: Dr. Jana Powell of Eatonton; Dr. LeAnna Wilder of Montezuma; Dr. Madison Fyke of Forsyth; Dr. Edmond Strickland of Winterville and Dr. Charlie Clark of Twin City.

The Georgia General Assembly appropriated $100,000 to the Georgia Student Finance Authority for the 2017 Fiscal Year to grant financial assistance to veterinarians willing to provide food animal services in underserved areas across the state. The SVEB is responsible for administering the program and works alongside the Georgia Student Finance Authority to make payments on the student loans of the program's participants after their service period is complete.

Prior to receiving their award, participants must devote at least 20 hours per week to providing food animal veterinary services in rural counties with populations of 35,000 or less for a period of 12 months. Each participant has signed a service commitment with the SVEB that will require them to dedicate their time to providing these services in the rural counties identified in their applications. In total, the participants will serve more than 30 counties in their immediate and surrounding areas.

Funding for the 2018 Program Year will be available next year for any qualified veterinarians who wish to apply. For updates on when the application period will open, please visit http://agr.georgia.gov/georgia-veterinary-education-loan-repayment-program.aspx.

 

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