Rural Veterinarians: Don’t Leave Money on the Table


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Everyone has heard it; more food animal veterinarians are needed in rural America. Yet many don’t apply for the federal funding earmarked specifically for them. Join Dr. Fred Gingrich, Executive Director of AABP, to understand the state of the county and national-level findings and trends. Is the shortage getting better or worse? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Hear from Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Dr. Darlene Konkle, on the Veterinary Loan Repayment Program and how it can help Wisconsin veterinarians—both new and experienced—repay their loans. Could you qualify? Could your county be a federally designated shortage area? Learn the application process and the steps needed to take advantage of federal funding.


Darlene M. Konkle, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM
Dr. Darlene Konkle is the State Veterinarian in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP). She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed a residency in large animal internal medicine. Dr, Konkle worked as a clinical instructor and in clinical practice before joining the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in 2005. In the Division of Animal Health, Dr. Konkle oversees animal health programs, and works with both public and private stakeholders to protect animal and public health in Wisconsin.

K. Fred Gingrich II, DVM
Dr. Fred Gingrich graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and practiced for two years at an all-dairy practice in California. He returned to Ohio and was a mixed animal practice owner until 2016 when he became the Executive Director of AABP.