IVET - Food Animal Veterinarian Program

Illinois Farm Bureau® is accepting applications for its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training loan program

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

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.

“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 due May 15, 2021.

  • The selection committee will interview applicants in spring 2021.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
  • Loan disbursements begin in August.

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.

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


IVET Loan Program | Mackenzie Michels from Illinois Agricultural Assoc. on Vimeo.

Congratulations 2020 IVET Loan Recipients

Illinois Farm Bureau recently selected Mackenzie Michels, University of Illinois, and Sydney Bigger, Kansas State University, as recipients of the Illinois Veterinary Education and Training program.

“IVET helps reduce part of the financial burden of veterinary school and makes the decision to move back home upon completion of my degree even easier,” says Bigger (pictured right), who grew up in Henderson County and is a third-year vet student.

Michels, a second-year vet student, plans to open a practice in her hometown of Noble, IL that offers a variety of livestock services and become a 4-H leader, which gives her “an opportunity to mentor kids about animal welfare, production medicine, and core life skills.”

Michels and Bigger recognize the shortage of food animal veterinarians and want to be part of the solution in rural communities, a quality they attribute to being raised in families that taught them to appreciate rural living.

“Illinois Farm Bureau encourages veterinary students to pursue a career in caring for food animals,” said Tasha Bunting, IFB associate director of commodities and livestock programs. “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 for their animals.”

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