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The Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
Veterinary Student Loan Repayment Program Guidelines


The veterinary student loan repayment program was developed to provide reimbursement for tuition and other educational expenses and/or room and board up to $20,000 in exchange for the veterinarian signing a letter of intent to provide large animal veterinary services or to protect public health in a veterinary resource shortage area.† Interested applicants can review Section 4741.40 through 44 of the Revised Code and Rules 4741-3-01 through 05 of the Administrative Code available at


To qualify for consideration, applicants must

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident;
  2. Be enrolled or have graduated within three years of application from a veterinary college approved by the Board;
  3. Be eligible for Ohio licensure as a veterinarian;
  4. Intend to practice in a veterinary resource shortage area:
    1. In large animal veterinary medicine;
    2. In veterinary services necessary to implement or enforce the law; or
    3. In veterinary services necessary to protect public health.
  5. Not have received student loan repayment assistance pursuant to federal law.

Loan Funds

Ten dollars from every veterinarianís license renewal fee is deposited in the veterinary student loan repayment program fund.† Loan funds are disbursed by the Ohio Board of Regents with the maximum amount permitted by law of $10,000 per year with a maximum of $20,000.†† The selected individual will be required to sign a contract once placement/employment is agreed upon between the applicant and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board.†† The number of applicants is dependent upon the amount of funds available for distribution.


The applicant must:

  1. Complete the loan repayment program application found at
  2. Provide a biographic and personal statement and any other documents which might be helpful such as supporting letters from public officials, governmental agencies, etc.
  3. Provide verification of the student loan
  4. If licensed in another state, provide a Letter of Good Standing

Return to:† Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, 77 So. High St., 16th Floor, Columbus, OH † 43215 by May 1st.