Veterinary Scholarship Available through IFB

The 2022 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), Illinois Veterinary Education Training (IVET) application is open now through May 15. Please encourage veterinary students interested in working in food animal medicine to apply online at The program offers a low-interest loan up to $40,000 to veterinary students attending any accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. To be eligible, students must be entering the second-year of veterinary school next fall, must commit to an Illinois based practice servicing food animal producers, and work in this field for five years.  

IFB realizes the financial barriers veterinary students face. We developed IVET to help offset the high cost of veterinary school while encouraging the next generation of veterinary professionals to work in Illinois. We established IVET in 2005, and since then we have awarded more than $550,000 to 27 veterinary students who focus on caring for food animals in Illinois.  

The need for food animal veterinarians is growing and these veterinarians face significant investment hurdles. The cost of vet school combined with time and travel demands make it difficult for the next generation to commit to a career in food animal medicine.