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Rural Veterinarians Can Now Apply for Debt Relief Through New Colorado Program

The Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program site is now live, with information on the program, and an online application form. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine school in 2017 or later, and currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in Colorado for at least three years.

Photo Caption: Drs. Tim Holt and Andrea Lear work with veterinary students treating cattle at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Education and Demonstration Center. (John Eisele/CSU Photo)

The Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program paves the way for veterinarians to work in rural communities where large and small animals — and their owners — need professional services. It was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 5, 2017.

Each year, the program council, appointed by the governor, will select up to four veterinary applicants who qualify for a maximum of $70,000 in loan repayment over a four-year commitment. Detailed information for applicants is available at

“This is great news for not only the veterinarians receiving this award but for Colorado’s livestock industry,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “During recent years, there have been fewer livestock veterinarians offering services in Colorado; this program encourages veterinarians to serve in communities in need of their valuable service.”

Aug. 27, 2018 | Opening of the website and application process for veterinarians
Oct. 31, 2018 | Closing of the application process
Nov. 1 – 30, 2018 | Council review, deliberation and selection
Dec. 3, 2018 | Announcement of the successful candidates

Source: Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

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