Bill written to attract veterinarians

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., joined with other senators to introduce a bill designed to increase the number of veterinarians.

Every state faces a veterinarian shortage, she said.

“We cannot underestimate the importance of veterinarians to our agricultural and rural communities,” Klobuchar said. “With the demand for veterinarians increasing, removing financial barriers for vets who are interested in serving in high-need areas will help improve access to critical services for our animals and protect public health.”   

The bill, with sponsors from across the country, would expand an education loan program with rules that encourage veterinarians to practice in rural communities where shortages are a special problem. In some cases, loans could be forgiven.

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