Rural veterinarians can now apply for debt relief through new Colorado program

Five people looking at a cow
Drs. Tim Holt and Andrea Lear work with veterinary students treating cattle at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Education and Demonstration Center. (John Eisele/CSU Photo)

The Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program site is now live, with information on the program, and an online application form. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine school in 2017 or later, and currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in Colorado for at least three years.

Signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 5, 2017, the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program paves the way for veterinarians to work in rural communities where large and small animals – and their owners – need professional services.

Each year, the program council, appointed by the governor, will select up to four veterinary applicants who qualify for a maximum of $70,000 in loan repayment over a four-year commitment. Detailed information for applicants is available at


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 – Announcement of the two successful candidates

For more information, contact Chris Haase, Assistant to the Dean, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,, (970) 491-6344.