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Grants to USA Veterinary Schools, Agencies, Nonprofits, and For-Profits to Develop Rural Veterinary Education and Services

Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.336
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-VSGP-009745
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/29/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA veterinary organizations, veterinary schools, research and medical foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit entities to improve veterinary services in rural areas. Required registrations may take at least five weeks to complete. Funding is intended to develop, implement and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the United States and U.S. Insular Areas.

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain food/large veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the United States, which includes insular areas. 

NIFA is soliciting applications under the following program areas:

  1. Education, Extension and Training (EET) Grants
  2. Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants

Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:

  1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.
  2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health,
  3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety, public health, or food animal medicine.
  4. To expose students in grades 11 and 12 to education and career opportunities in food animal medicine.
  5. Expand or enhance private practice capabilities, services, and resources. 

The VSGP is aligned with USDA Strategic Goals. For a list of these goals, see

For Program Areas, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may only be submitted by the entities listed below if they carry out programs or activities that will: 1) substantially relieve veterinary shortage situations; and 2) support or facilitate private veterinary practices engaged in the care of food animals and address food safety and public health concerns for the community.

Eligible Applicants for EET
1. State, national, allied, regional, or professional food animal veterinary organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association,
2. College or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association,
3. University research foundation or veterinary medical foundation,
4. Department of veterinary science or department of comparative medicine accredited by the U.S. Department of Education,
5. State agricultural experiment station or Research Farm (1890 institutions),
6. State, local, or tribal government agency.

Eligible Applicants for RPE
1. For-profit or non-profit entity located in the United States, such as a veterinary clinic or hospital, that provides mixed/large animal veterinary services in a rural area, as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)), within a current VMLRP shortage area. FY2023 shortage situation areas are found here.
2. Clinic or hospital that employs a current VMLRP awardee from any qualifying year (i.e., those with a current service obligation at the time of this application) and applies with reference to the single shortage area to which they are obligated to serve;
3. RPE awards are made to clinics, not individuals. Therefore, only a clinic, not an individual practitioner, may apply for and be awarded an RPE grant.

For EET, multiple submissions are allowed by different departments of eligible institutions. However, only one award will be granted per institution per year.

For RPE, a clinic can reapply for a VSGP-RPE award five years following the end date of a previous award.

For EET, an institution may have multiple awards that were granted from different years from different departments.

For RPE, duplicate or multiple submissions are not allowed.

Pre-Proposal Conference
VSGP staff will host two live FAQ events.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, March 29, 2023

Applicants must apply to this RFA electronically via; no other method or response is accepted.

New Users to must register at least five weeks before the application deadline with prior to submitting an application. For RPE applicants, as a requirement for the application process, it is strongly recommended to complete the registration or renewal of Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) through the System for Awards Management (SAM) at least five weeks in advance to the VSGP application deadline.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 9 EET Grants and approximately 9 RPE Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- EET Grants: Maximum Award Amount is $250,000.
- RPE Grants: Maximum Award Amount is $125,000.

Term of Contract
Grant Duration:
- EET Grants: 36 Months
- RPE Grants: 36 Months (require a three-year service commitment)

The date specified by the NIFA awarding official as the effective date of the grant must be no later than September 30 of the federal fiscal year in which the project is approved for support and funds are appropriated for such purpose, unless otherwise permitted by law. The project need not be initiated on the grant effective date, but as soon thereafter as practical so that project goals may be attained within the funded project period.

Contact Information
Programmatic Contacts:

Robert M. Smith, DVM, PhD, DACVN
National Program Leader
202 445-3468

Kathe E. Bjork, DVM, PhD, MSPH
National Program Leader

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact the team at:

NIFA Support:
Email: Support: Online Support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Email support:

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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