7 U.S. Code § 3151a - Veterinary medicine loan repayment
(1) Service in shortage situations
The Secretary shall carry out a program of entering into agreements with veterinarians under which the veterinarians agree to provide, for a period of time as determined by the Secretary and specified in the agreement, veterinary services in veterinarian shortage situations. For each year of such service under an agreement under this paragraph, the Secretary shall pay an amount, as determined by the Secretary and specified in the agreement, of the principal and interest of qualifying educational loans of the veterinarians.
(2) Service to Federal Government in emergency situations
(A) In general
The Secretary may enter into agreements of 1 year duration with veterinarians who have agreements pursuant to paragraph (1) for such veterinarians to provide services to the Federal Government in emergency situations, as determined by the Secretary, under terms and conditions specified in the agreement. Pursuant to an agreement under this paragraph, the Secretary shall pay an amount, in addition to the amount paid pursuant to the agreement in paragraph (1), as determined by the Secretary and specified in the agreement, of the principal and interest of qualifying educational loans of the veterinarians.
Agreements entered into under this paragraph shall include the following:
(i) A veterinarian shall not be required to serve more than 60 working days per year of the agreement.
(b) Determination of veterinarian shortage situations
In determining “veterinarian shortage situations”, the Secretary may consider—
The Secretary may carry out this program directly or enter into agreements with another Federal agency or other service provider to assist in the administration of this program.
(2) Breach remedies
(A) In general
Agreements with program participants shall provide remedies for any breach of an agreement by a participant, including repayment or partial repayment of financial assistance received, with interest.
The Secretary may grant a waiver of the repayment obligation for breach of contract in the event of extreme hardship or extreme need, as determined by the Secretary.
The Secretary shall develop regulations to determine the amount of loan repayment for a year of service by a veterinarian. In making the determination, the Secretary shall consider the extent to which such determination—
(A) affects the ability of the Secretary to maximize the number of agreements that can be provided under the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program from the amounts appropriated for such agreements; and
(5) Qualifying educational loans
Loan repayments provided under this section may consist of payments on behalf of participating individuals of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received by the individual for attendance of the individual at an accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent, which loans were made for—
(B) all other reasonable educational expenses, including fees, books, and laboratory expenses, incurred by the individual; or
(6) Repayment schedule
The Secretary may enter into an agreement with the holder of any loan for which payments are made under this section to establish a schedule for the making of such payments.
(7) Tax liability
In addition to educational loan repayments, the Secretary shall make such additional payments to participants as the Secretary determines to be appropriate for the purpose of providing reimbursements to participants for individual tax liability resulting from participation in this program.
(d) Use of funds
Source(Pub. L. 95–113, title XIV, § 1415A, as added Pub. L. 108–161, § 2,Dec. 6, 2003, 117 Stat. 2014; amended Pub. L. 110–234, title VII, § 7105(a),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1216; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VII, § 7105(a),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1977.)
References in Text
The date of enactment of this subsection, referred to in subsec. (e), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–246, which was approved June 18, 2008.
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
2008—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7105(a)(1), added subsec. (b) and struck out former subsec. (b) which authorized the Secretary to consider certain factors in determining “veterinarian shortage situations”.
Subsec. (c)(8). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7105(a)(2), added par. (8).
Subsecs. (d) to (f). Pub. L. 110–246, § 7105(a)(3), (4), added subsecs. (d) and (e) and redesignated former subsec. (d) as (f).
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment