BLOMINGTON, IL – The Illinois Farmers Bureau is supporting the next generation of veterinary professionals through its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training Program.
The IFB recently selected Sydney Miller, University of Illinois, as an initial VET recipient in 2021. Miller is a sophomore in the veterinary department of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University I.
The NGO Committee unanimously agreed to offer Miller a US $ 40,000 NGO loan with a scholarship of US $ 1,500.
“I understand this loan is specifically for veterinary students who are going to practice food animal medicine in the state,” said Miller, who grew up in Fayette County. “I am comforted by the low interest rates and the fact that the loan is spread over several years, and not all at once. I look forward to the opportunity to practice and be a source of support for farmers and their animals. “
Miller hopes to add happiness to the life around her as she cares and heals for her patients and clients in the future.
“Probably the most important thing for me is to be available to farmers throughout the day,” Miller said.
The initial vocational education and training program helps offset the high cost of veterinary education. The program loans up to $ 40,000 annually to three veterinary students. Loans are provided for a period of two to three years. NPET provides recipients with a scholarship of $ 1,500 for the fourth year of school to help pay for the costs of changing doctors.
The loans are repaid for five years after graduation, during which time graduates are required to devote themselves to livestock work serving Illinois livestock producers.
“The Illinois Farm Bureau is encouraging veterinary students to pursue careers in food animal care,” said Tasha Bunting, IFB Deputy Director of Commodities and Livestock Programs. “To be successful, farmers need the services of a food animal veterinarian to help them care for beef cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. This is an incredibly rewarding career area that has grown in demand in recent years. ”
Miller worked at Durbin Veterinary Clinic in Fayette County for over two years.
“It has always been a dream of mine to continually treat patients at a clinic that I have always admired and respected, and to contribute to the health of my community in which I grew up,” said Miller.
After graduating from veterinary school, Miller plans to return to his rural community to become a large and mixed animal veterinarian. She loves feeding animals and hopes to be a useful resource for rural communities. Her ultimate goal is to return to the Durbin Veterinary Clinic and eventually become a co-owner of the clinic.
The IFB established the IVET system in 2005. Since then, the organization has awarded more than $ 550,000 to 27 veterinary students who care for food animals in Illinois. For more information on the program visit www.ilfb.org/IVET…