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.
â€œWe cannot underestimate the importance of veterinarians to our agricultural and rural communities,â€ Klobuchar said. â€œWith 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.â€Â Â Â
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.