The Illinois Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training Loans Program. Loans are available for second-year veterinary students attending an accredited veterinary college in the United States with a focus on Illinois food animal medicine.
The IVET program helps offset the high cost of veterinary education, according to a press release from the Illinois Farm Bureau. The program lends up to $40,000 to up to three veterinary students each year. Loans are granted for a period of two to three years.
Recipients of FPI scholarships receive a $1,500 stipend in their fourth year of study to help defray expenses associated with clinical rotations. Loans are repaid over five years, during which graduates must commit to work in a food animal practice that serves livestock producers in Illinois.
“Illinois Farm Bureau encourages veterinary students to pursue careers in food animal care,” Tasha Bunting, IFB’s associate director of commodity and animal husbandry programs, said in a statement. hurry. “To be successful, farmers need the services of a specialist food animal veterinarian to help them care for their beef cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry. It is an incredibly rewarding career field that has seen an increase in demand in recent years.
Applications are due Sunday 15 May and can be viewed online at www.ilfb.org/IVET. The selection committee will interview eligible applicants in the spring of 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. Loan disbursements begin in August.
Since the Illinois Farm Bureau established the IVET program in 2005, the organization has awarded more than $550,000 to 27 veterinary students who focus on food animal care in Illinois. For more information about the program, contact Tasha Bunting at 309-557-2993 or [email protected]