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Livestock vets may apply for loan repayment program by Nov. 9

Veterinarians willing to treat livestock in under-served areas of Georgia are encouraged to apply for the Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program (GVELRP). The program, administered by the State Veterinary Education Board (SVEB), is offering payments of $20,000 towards the outstanding student loan debt of 11 veterinarians.

Applicants must devote at least 20 hours a week to providing food animal veterinary services in a rural Georgia county with a population of 35,000 or less for a year before receiving their payment. Georgia has 109 counties that meet the population requirement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. Participants will sign a service commitment with the SVEB requiring them to meet their service obligation in the rural counties identified in their applications.

The Georgia General Assembly appropriated $100,000 for FY 2018 and FY 2019 to fund the program. Funding for the 11th recipient comes from unawarded money for the 2017/2018 program year.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and a Georgia resident. Eligible candidates may either be practicing veterinarians or vet students in their final year of school.

Veterinarians who recently completed their one-year service period for the GVELRP for the inaugural class of 2017/2018 are: Dr. Jana Powell of Eatonton, Dr. LeAnna Wilder of Montezuma, Dr. Madison Fyke of Forsyth and Dr. Tyson Strickland of Winterville.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is coordinating the application process and will accept applications until 5 p.m. Nov. 9. To apply and to view a map of counties applicants may serve visit For more information, contact Bo Warren at .