IVET - Food Animal Veterinarian Program

Apply for the Illinois Farm Bureau Food Animal Veterinarian Loan Program
Applications due May 30.

  • Are you a second-year veterinary student with a passion to work in food animal medicine?
  • Do you need help financing your education?

If you answered yes, Illinois Farm Bureau's (IFB) Illinois Veterinary Education Training (IVET) Program might be a good fit for you!

IFB realizes the financial barriers that veterinary students face. Our IVET Program helps offset the high cost of veterinary education while encouraging the next generation of veterinary professionals to work in Illinois. IFB established IVET in 2005. Since then, the organization has awarded more than $510,000 to 26 veterinary students who focus on caring for food animals in Illinois.

How does the IVET loan program work?
The IVET Program offers low interest loans up to $40,000, to as many as three veterinary students each year. Loans are paid to recipients for a period of two to three years and are payable over 5 years after graduation. IVET also awards recipients a $1,500 stipend during their fourth year in school to help pay expenses associated with clinical rotations. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and must commit to an Illinois food animal practice and work in this field for five years.

Hear from past loan recipients:


Additional details:

“Illinois Farm Bureau encourages veterinary students to pursue a career in caring for food animals. 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 in caring for their animals.” - Tasha Bunting, IFB associate director of commodities and livestock programs.
  • Applications open in February and are due May 15.
  • The selection committee interviews applicants each spring.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
  • Loan disbursements begin in August.


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


Congratulations to the 2021 IVET loan recipient

Illinois Farm Bureau recently selected Sydney Miller, University of Illinois, as recipient of the Illinois Veterinary Education and Training program.

Miller is a second-year vet student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine. The IVET Committee unanimously agreed to offer Sydney Miller the IVET loan at the full amount of $40,000 with a $1,500 stipend.

“I appreciate that this loan exists specifically for veterinary students who are going to practice food animal medicine within the state,” says Miller, who grew up in Fayette County. “I can take comfort in the low-interest rates, as well as the loan being dispersed over the course of several years rather than all at once. I’m looking forward to practicing and being a source of support to farmers and their animals.”