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Time is almost up for large-animal veterinarians, vet technicians and technologists to apply for the 2012 Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program.
To help alleviate shortages in the state’s large-animal medical workforce, this program offers financial assistance to qualified veterinary graduates who have school loans to be repaid. Applications are being solicited for just two more weeks. All paperwork must be postmarked by Dec. 1.
Increasing the number of large-animal veterinarians, vet technicians and technologists within the Commonwealth is vitally important to the ongoing health of Kentucky’s livestock population.
As several areas of Kentucky do not have a local veterinarian to attend to cattle, horses or other farm animals, this incentive program was designed to encourage veterinary school graduates to pursue a career with large/food animals.
For those graduates who choose to pursue a veterinary career that devotes at least 50 percent of its time to large/food animals, a judging committee will select three individuals who are in their first, second or third year of practice post-graduation.
Selected incentive program recipients will be announced in January of 2012 and may receive up to $18,000 over three years for payment toward outstanding school loans.
To qualify for the program, applicants must have either a degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited college or university, or have completed an accredited two-year veterinary technician or four-year technologist program.
Veterinarian applicants must also be accredited by the USDA-APHIS to perform veterinary medical tasks in Kentucky.
Applications can be downloaded from kyfb.com at any time, but must be postmarked for submission by Dec. 1 to: Scholarship Coordinator, KFB Education Foundation, P.O. Box 20700, Louisville, KY 40250-0700.
The Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and supported by several key Kentucky agricultural organizations.
The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation administers this program on behalf of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation, which launched the initiative after receiving a $100,000 donation for the purpose of encouraging large-animal practice in the state. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board later approved an additional $1 million investment for the program.