Third district Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith has introduced a bill that would award competitive grants to help develop, implement and sustain veterinary services for the rural parts of the state. This is especially important as many veterinarians are disappearing from rural areas.
“Nebraskans need veterinarians. They are on the front lines of food safety, public health and animal health. We know that vet’s are an iatrical part of our rural community. Unfortunately, too many rural communities don’t have this necessary resource so my bill is a step in the right direction.”
Smith uses Cherry County as an example. USDA reports show there are $145,000 food animals per veterinarian. Smith’s legislation is similar to the student loan repayment program. Funding for this legislation would recruit veterinarians and assistance, expand services in high-need areas, establish portable clinics and tele-vet services as well as provide continuing education, distance education and faculty recruitment for accredited programs.