The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded over $4.5 million to 51 veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. NIFA said, “Rural America is facing challenges in the veterinary service field. Veterinarians are choosing to work in locations that offer higher pay in order to pay off their high student loan debts, causing a shortage of veterinarians in rural areas. This program offers loan-repayment assistance to veterinarians allowing them to work in more rural areas and fill shortages.” Those receiving the award will be required to commit three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. The awards are made through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.