IVET - Food Animal Veterinarian Program

Are you currently enrolled in veterinary school and focused on food animal medicine? Do you need help financing your education?

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Illinois Farm Bureau encourages veterinary students to pursue a career in caring for food animals so we implemented a program to help offset the high cost of education. The Illinois Veterinary Education Training (IVET) Program offers low interest loans up to $40,000 total, that are payable over 5 years after graduation. The program awards up to three veterinary students attending any accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. In exchange, graduates must commit to an Illinois food animal practice and work in this field for five years.

Since 2005, IFB has awarded more than $430,000 to 20 veterinary students who focus on caring for food animals in Illinois. “To succeed, farmers need the services of a food-animal veterinarian to help them care for their beef cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry,” said Tasha Bunting, Associate Director of Commodities & Livestock Practices, IFB. “It’s an opportunity to help bring a calf into the world and share in the love that farmers have for their animals.”


Congratulations 2020 IVET Loan Recipients

Illinois Farm Bureau recently selected Mackenzie Michels, University of Illinois, and Sydney Bigger, Kansas State University, as recipients of the Illinois Veterinary Education and Training program.

“IVET helps reduce part of the financial burden of veterinary school and makes the decision to move back home upon completion of my degree even easier,” says Bigger (pictured right), who grew up in Henderson County and is a third-year vet student.

Michels, a second-year vet student, plans to open a practice in her hometown of Noble, IL that offers a variety of livestock services and become a 4-H leader, which gives her “an opportunity to mentor kids about animal welfare, production medicine, and core life skills.”

Michels and Bigger recognize the shortage of food animal veterinarians and want to be part of the solution in rural communities, a quality they attribute to being raised in families that taught them to appreciate rural living.

“Illinois Farm Bureau encourages veterinary students to pursue a career in caring for food animals,” said Tasha Bunting, IFB associate director of commodities and livestock programs. “To succeed, farmers need the services of a food-animal veterinarian to help them care for their beef cattle, swine, sheep and poultry. It’s an opportunity to help bring a calf into the world and share in the love that farmers have for their animals.”


LOAN DETAILS:

  • Loan for food animal vet students
  • No interest on loan while you’re in school
  • Up to $40,000 loan distributed over three years
  • Students must commit to an Illinois food animal practice and work in this field for five years

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for updates.

For more information about the program, contact Tasha Bunting at 309-557-2993 or tbunting@ilfb.org

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