Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Public Law (12/06/2003)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on November 17, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

National Veterinary Medical Service Act - Amends the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide veterinary school educational loan repayment assistance (for tuition and educational and living expenses) to veterinarians who agree to practice in veterinary shortage situations.

Authorizes the Secretary to enter into agreements (60-day maximum working days during a one-year period) with such veterinarians to provide services to the Federal Government in emergency situations. Provides additional loan repayment and a salary for such service.

Authorizes the Secretary, in determining veterinarian shortage situations, to consider the needs of urban or rural areas, the Federal Government, and areas of practice such as public health, epidemiology, and food safety.

Provides for breach remedies and related waiver authority.

Directs the Secretary to make related tax liability payments to participants.

Authorizes appropriations.