January 2024

VMLRP and VSGP Request for Applications

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and the Veterinary Services Grant Program are two of our key advocacy priorities. Each of them recently announced the beginning of the application process for 2024. More information about this process can be found here.

USDA/NIFA listening session

On January 24, 2024, USDA-NIFA will host a stakeholder listening session from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST regarding administration of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP). The objectives of the programs are to help veterinarians offset educational debt in return for food animal veterinary services, to ensure food animal veterinary services are available in priority shortage situation areas, and to support training of veterinary students, interns, and residents. The virtual listening session will be held on January 24, 2024 beginning at 11 AM and ending at 3:00 PM EST. Register now for the listening session here.

Appropriations for FY 2024-2025

The federal government is currently in a Continuing Resolution (CR) broken into two expiration dates. Congressional leaders reached an agreement over the weekend on another two-tier, short-term continuing resolution (CR) to extend federal funding. If passed, funding for the Department of Agriculture– and three other federal spending bills will be extended through March 1st. Funding for the remaining eight bills will last until March 8th

Last week, congressional leadership reached an agreement on topline spending for the remainder of FY 2024. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) announced in a joint statement that they have "secured $772.7 billion for non-defense discretionary funding." In a Dear Colleague Letter to House members, Speaker Johnson (R-LA) maintained that the topline levels are consistent with the statutory levels of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (P.L. 118-5). More information about this can be found here.

Prevailing Wage and Visa Meeting

On December 7, 2023 AAVMC facilitated a meeting with the U.S. Department of Labor. This was done due to ongoing issues with obtaining visas for international faculty and residents. The meeting was a productive one and we were able to obtain current information about the visa process as well as make contacts with the appropriate personnel at the Department. AAVMC will continue to work with federal agencies to resolve these types of issues.

Administration speeds up loan forgiveness plan

The Biden Administration Department of Education announced that it was speeding up the start of the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan, which would offer a faster path to debt cancellation for those with student loan debt mainly under $12,000. More information can be found here.

2024 USDA Teaching Awards Request for Applications

USDA NIFA has opened the nomination process for the 2024 USDA Excellence in Teaching Awards. To find information about the awards, please click here. Learn more about the 2024 Award Guidelines here. Nominees may find this webinar helpful when thinking about how to prepare their nomination packets. The submission deadline is April 15th, 2024. 

Grants Support Technical Assistance Workshop

USDA NIFA’s second annual grants support technical assistance workshop is scheduled for March 4-8, 2024. Register here.


Advocacy Letters

The AAVMC continues to work closely with a wide array of organizations that share our interests in supporting the advancement of academic veterinary medicine, food security and public health. The letters below reflect some of that recent activity.

AAVMC Government Affairs

Please contact: Kevin Cain, Director for Government Affairs at kcain@aavmc.org or 202-371-9195 (ext. 117) with any comments, questions and suggestions about our program.

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