Veterinary students and rural veterinarians can apply now through September 5, 2023 to receive financial assistance for schooling.
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced it is accepting applications for the 2023 Rural Veterinarian Incentive Program (RVIP). The program provides payment of tuition and fees or loan repayment assistance to eligible veterinary students and veterinarians. According to an organizational release,1 those who commit to work in the designated areas located in Texas can receive up to $180,000 of assistance.
“The RVIP offers a great opportunity to receive up to $45,000 for each year of full-time veterinary service in rural communities in need of a veterinarian,” said Andy Schwartz, DVM, TAHC executive director and Texas state veterinarian, in the release.1 “We are pleased that this program seeks to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary medical students and the designated rural communities that will benefit from veterinary services in their areas.”
Interested veterinary professionals must meet the following criteria:1
Applications will be submitted to the RVIP Committee through a process facilitated by the TAHC. Applicants can submit the completed RVIP Application Form by email or mail. Selected participants can only receive assistance for qualified educational loan debt incurred after March 3, 2021. They can also only receive assistance for service obligation periods that are finished prior to December 31, 2023, due to the source of funding under Section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.1
To learn more about the RVIP, interested professionals can visit and apply at the TAHC website.
Rural veterinarians, veterinary students can apply for education assistance. News release. Texas Farm Bureau. July 10, 2023. Accessed July 10, 2023. https://texasfarmbureau.org/rural-veterinarians-veterinary-students-can-apply-for-education-assistance/