The American Veterinary Medical Association has had a long-standing concern about funds that were intended to help graduating veterinarians who practice in rural areas repay their student loans. The issue will have its day in a congressional hearing.
House agriculture livestock subcommittee chairman Rep. Leonard Boswell, D- Iowa, will air the issue during a hearing Thursday that will review implementation of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act. The act, signed into law in 2003, was created to help repay college loans of veterinarians who practice in underserved areas. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has yet to implement the program, according to a statement from Boswell's office.
Witnesses will include representatives from USDA and the American Veterinary Medical Association.