The board shall provide a veterinarian student loan repayment program which would provide reimbursement for tuition; other educational expenses and/or room and board up to twenty thousand dollars in exchange for the veterinarian signing a letter of intent to provide large animal veterinary services or to protect public health in a veterinary resource shortage area identified by the board.
Chapter 4741-3 | Veterinary Student Loan Repayment Program
Rule 4741-3-02 | Definitions.
For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(A) "Board" means the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board.
(B) "Large animal veterinary services" means veterinary service provided to any cattle, sheep, goat, swine, poultry, or draft horse used for food or in the production of food, fiber, feed, or other agricultural-based consumer product.
(C) "Livestock" means cattle, swine, sheep goats, poultry, and draft horses.
(D) "Veterinary services necessary to implement or enforce the law" means services provided by a veterinarian employed by local, state, or federal agencies or by a licensed, accredited veterinary practitioner that implements or enforces regulations that ensure the health of the nation's livestock and animal populations and to protect the public health and well-being.
(E) "Veterinary services necessary to protect public health" means the availability of a licensed, veterinarian to provide routine diagnosis, assessment, communication, and related duties necessary to advance public health, identify the presence of zoonotic disease risk and help prevent transmission of disease among human and animal populations.
Rule 4741-3-03 | Veterinary resource shortage area.
A geographic area or region of Ohio will be considered as a veterinary resource shortage area if veterinary service is not sufficiently available to livestock producers within that area or to meet the public health needs of the area.
Rule 4741-3-04 | Criteria for prioritizing underserved areas.
Factors to be considered by the board in determining priorities for determining underserved areas include, but not limited to:
(A) Size of the geographic area to be served;
(B) Number of livestock farms in the area or any public health position offered by a local, county state or federal government entity in the area;
(C) Livestock population within the area;
(D) Number of veterinarians providing both routine and emergency services to the livestock producers in the area or number of veterinarians currently engaged in public health duties and employed by a government entity within the area;
(E) Distance to closest available veterinary practice that provides large animal services;
(F) Presence of an auction market, concentration point, or slaughter facility in the area;
(G) Incidence of episodes of zoonotic disease transmission or threat of the same in the area; and
(H) Supporting letters or documents from elected or appointed public officials (e.g. county commissioners), representatives of the Ohio department of agriculture or Ohio health department, or cooperative extensive service.
Rule 4741-3-05 | Criteria for selection of applicants.
(A) Purpose: The shortage area situations will be best served by a veterinarian who is likely to enthusiastically serve a community and who is likely to remain within that community after his or her payments from the loan repayment program have been terminated.
(B) The veterinarian applying for participation should submit a biography and a personal statement explaining his or her motivation in serving in veterinary shortage situations.
(C) In addition to requiring the applicant to possess an Ohio veterinary license in good standing and be federally accredited, the board may consider the following factors in the selection process:
(1) Percentage of professional activities to be devoted to food animal practice and veterinary public health activities;
(2) Types and number of elective courses or continuing education courses, internships and prior experience in food animal medicine and production medicine or public health;
(3) Preferences for a rural background and/or experience in production agriculture or for a career in government public health service;
(4) Is from the underserved area or has family ties to the area;
(5) Length of time applicant is willing to practice in the area.