The VELRP application is now closed.
Signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 5, 2017, the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program (VELRP) paves the way for veterinarians to work in rural communities where large and small animals – and their owners – need professional services.
Loan Repayment Amounts
As required by a selected veterinarian’s contract under the program, the veterinarian is eligible for the following amounts (up to $70,000) of loan repayment. Should you become a finalist, you may be required to provide additional financial information.
Upon completion of six months of the first year of service under the program, up to $10,000
Upon completion of a second year of service under the program, up to an additional $15,000
Upon completion of a third year of service under the program, up to an additional
Upon completion of a fourth year of service under the program, up to an additional $25,000
- Aug. 27, 2018 – Opening of the website and application process for veterinarians
- Oct. 31, 2018 – Closing of the application process
- Nov. 1 – 30, 2018 – Council review, deliberation and selection
- *Dec. 3, 2018 (postponed to Dec. 14) – Announcement of the successful candidate(s)
*Note: The announcement has been pushed back one week. Candidates will now hear back regarding their application status on Dec. 14.
The VELRP Council oversees the program. Council members are appointed by the governor, and supported by Colorado State University administrative staff.
- Chair: Scott Johnson, Flying Diamond Ranch
- Vice-chair: Dr. Kayla Henderson, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
- Dr. Melinda Frye, Associate Dean, DVM Program, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
- Dr. Keith Roehr, Director/State Veterinarian, Animal Health Division, Colorado Department of Agriculture
- Skip Schneider, Colorado Livestock Industry
Information for Applicants
Each year, the Council shall select up to four qualified veterinary applicants to participate in the program. The number of applicants that the council may choose in a given year is dependent on the amount of money available in that year for the council to award under the program.
In order to be eligible for the program, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:
Be a licensed veterinarian who:
Agrees, in the format and manner determined by the council, to practice veterinary medicine in a designated veterinary shortage area.
Graduated from an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine school in 2017 or later.
Currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in Colorado for at least three years and:
An applicant selected for the loan repayment program:
Is eligible for an amount up to $70,000 pursuant to the maximum yearly repayment amounts; and that correlates to the applicant’s outstanding veterinary education loans.
Shall contract with the council to provide veterinary medical services in one or more designated veterinary shortage areas for a period up to four years.
In establishing the applicant eligibility criteria for loan repayment under the program, the council will consider the following factors:
An applicant’s training with respect to, ability to provide, and willingness to engage in, food animal veterinary medicine and the extent to which the designated veterinary shortage area needs food animal veterinary medical services
An applicant’s commitment to practice veterinary medicine in the designated veterinary shortage area
An applicant’s date of availability to practice veterinary medicine in the designated veterinary shortage area
An applicant’s competence, as determined by the state board of veterinary medicine and ability to fulfill the duties identified in the application.
The Council will give priority to eligible applicants who: