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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Veterinary Services Grant Program

Deadline: May 29, 2019

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) seeks to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S. and U.S. Insular Areas. The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S., which includes insular areas. Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:

  1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine
  2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health
  3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety, public health, or food animal medicine

Grants will also be made available to establish, expand, and better equip for-profit or nonprofit veterinary practices or individuals operating a veterinary clinic or providing veterinary services in a certain veterinarian shortage situation.

Applications will be accepted for two project types: (1) Education, Extension, and Training and (2) Rural Practice Enhancement.

1. Education, Extension, and Training (EET) Grants
Program Area Priority – Education, Extension, and Training grants will support the following types of activities and programs, to relieve veterinary shortage situations or facilitate or support veterinary practices engaged in public health activities for any of the following purposes:

  • To allow veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students to cover expenses (other than the types of expenses described in the rural practice enhancement program area) of attending training programs in food safety, public health, or food animal medicine
  • To establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs (including faculty recruitment and retention), veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine
  • To provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety

Examples of activities may include development and implementation of:

  • Traditional or non-traditional learning opportunities
  • Non-degree educational training programs
  • Courses associated with existing degree programs
  • Continuing education

Focus will be placed on programs for the following:

  • Veterinary students enrolled in an accredited veterinary degree program
  • Veterinary interns, veterinary externs, veterinary fellows, veterinary residents, veterinary technician students, and veterinary technicians
  • Early-career veterinarians who, at the time they initiate the activities proposed in the application, are within 5 years of graduation from a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree program

Proposals should emphasize educational content that teaches:

  • Veterinary practice enhancement techniques and strategies that benefit the health of agricultural animals
  • Best practices for delivering quality veterinary services in rural areas
  • Veterinary approaches to foster food safety, epidemiology, or veterinary public health

2. Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants
Program Area Priority – Rural Practice Enhancement grants will support the development and provision of veterinary services to substantially relieve designated rural veterinary shortage situations in the U.S. Funds may be used for one or more of the following:

A. Equip veterinary offices

  • Applicants must explain how requested equipment will be used to provide veterinary care for agricultural animals in rural veterinarian shortage situations

B. Share in reasonable directs costs of operating a qualifying veterinary practice

  • Direct costs of operating a qualified veterinary practice may include, but are not limited to: salary and fringe benefits for veterinarian(s) support personnel, office rent, vehicle fuel supporting ambulatory services, maintenance contracts on equipment used to treat food animals, expendable medical and office supplies, computer software, utility expenses, and business consultant fees.
  • Establish mobile veterinary facilities in which a portion of the mobile facilities will address education or extension needs. Mobile veterinary facilities include, but are not limited to, a vehicle equipped to provide mobile veterinary services, a trailer squeeze chute, or other animal restraint devices.

Amount: Approximately $3,000,000 is available to fund awards based on project type, as follows:

  1. Education, Extension, and Training (EET) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $250,000, including indirect costs, for project periods of 2-4 years
  2. Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $125,000 for project periods of 3-4 years

Eligibility: Dependent upon project type, as follows:

  • For Education, Extension, and Training Program Area: A State, national, allied, or regional veterinary organization or specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association; a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; a university research foundation or veterinary medical foundation; a department of veterinary science or department of comparative medicine accredited by the Department of Education; a State agricultural experiment station or Research Farm (1890 institutions); or a State, local, or tribal government agency.
  • For Rural Practice Enhancement Program Area: A for-profit or nonprofit entity located in the United States that, or individual who, operates a veterinary clinic providing veterinary services, (i) in a rural area, as defined in the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, and (ii) is either a current Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) awardee from any year (i.e., those with a current service obligation at the time of this application) and applies with reference to the single shortage area to which they are obligated to serve; or is not a current VMLRP awardee and applies with reference to a single veterinarian shortage situation designated as ‘Open’ under the VMLRP in 2019.

Link: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/veterinary-services-grant-program-vsgp

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