H.R.2269 - Wildlife VET Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] (Introduced 05/12/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture; Natural Resources|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/05/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2269 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/12/2015)
Wildlife Veterinarians Employment and Training Act or the Wildlife VET Act
This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to award grants to wildlife or veterinary institutions to create additional clinical and research positions for wildlife and zoological veterinarians. Preference must be given to institutions that will create positions in areas of need, including wildlife disease research and training, disease surveillance, ecology and wildlife population management, and conservation and management of the health of endangered, threatened, and sensitive species.
Interior must establish: (1) the Wildlife and Zoological Veterinary Workforce Loan Repayment Program to pay educational loans of eligible individuals for a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine or a graduate degree in veterinary medicine, and (2) the Wildlife and Zoological Veterinary Workforce Scholarship Program to award students enrolled in an accredited school or college of veterinary medicine scholarships. Those loans may be repaid and the awards may be given only if the recipient of the loan or the award agrees to serve for at least four consecutive years at a wildlife or veterinary institution as a wildlife or zoological veterinarian.
Interior must also: (1) establish a pilot program to award grants to accredited schools and colleges of veterinary medicine to develop or improve new or existing curricula that specialize in wildlife or zoological veterinary medicine, and (2) award grants to eligible wildlife or veterinary institutions to establish or expand training programs that will enhance the ability of a trainee to practice as a wildlife or zoological veterinarian. Those training programs may include externship, internship, fellowship, or residency programs.