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.”


  • 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


  • Online applications due by May 15
  • Interviews are conducted in late Spring
  • Loan proceeds are dispersed in August

Apply for our IVET loan program today! Candidates must meet eligibility requirements to apply.

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