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Friday, July 7, 2017
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2017 Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program Selections
The State Veterinary Education Board of Georgia has selected five veterinarians to participate in the inaugural year of the Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program. The Board received 11 total applications for the program’s first year of funding and has narrowed the candidate selections down to five deserving individuals. Participants for the 2017 Award Year are as follows:
- Dr. Jana Powell of Eatonton, GA
- Dr. LeAnna Wilder of Montezuma, GA
- Dr. Madison Fyke of Forsyth, GA
- Dr. Edmond Strickland of Winterville, GA
- Dr. Charlie Clark of Twin City, GA
The Georgia General Assembly appropriated $100,000 to the Georgia Student Finance Authority for the 2017 Fiscal Year to grant financial assistance to veterinarians willing to provide food animal services in under-served areas across the state. The State Veterinary Education Board of Georgia is responsible for administering the program and will work alongside the Georgia Student Finance Authority to make payments on the student loans of the program’s participants after their service period is complete.
Prior to receiving their award, participants must devote a total of at least 20 hours per week to providing food animal veterinary services in rural counties with populations of 35,000 or less for a period of 12 months. Each participant has signed a service commitment with the Board that will require them to dedicate their time to providing these services in the rural counties identified in their applications. In total, the participants will serve more than 30 counties in their immediate and surrounding areas.
Funding for the 2018 Program Year will be available next year for any qualified veterinarians who wish to apply. For updates on when the application period will open, please visit /georgia-veterinary-education-loan-repayment-program.aspx.
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