Source: KMA Land

House File 2428, sponsored by State Representative Devon Wood, aims to address the shortage of veterinarians in rural Iowa counties. The legislation, recently passed by a House Appropriations Subcommittee, proposes the creation of a rural Veterinary practice innovation and revitalization fund. This fund would offer financial assistance to improve and expand Veterinary services for agricultural animals in counties with populations of 30,000 or less.

The proposal allocates $750,000 to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to support the program, with vet clinics or veterinarians eligible to receive grants of up to $10,000 per fiscal year. Funds could be used for infrastructure, equipment, tools, new technologies, and other purposes. Wood emphasizes the importance of supporting both new and tenured veterinarians, highlighting the need to reward those who have served rural communities for an extended period. The bill awaits consideration by the House Appropriations Committee.

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