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Regional vet graduates get financial boost

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Veterinarians will see 30 graduate vets receive a financial boost to help ease the shortage of veterinarians working with production animals in the regions, and one of them will come to Gisborne.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced this week that since it began 11 years ago, the Voluntary Bonding Scheme has made a huge difference in attracting graduate vets to rural areas that have traditionally been challenged when it comes to staff numbers.

Steve Penno, Director Investment Programmes at MPI said this year they have added a new provision, enabling graduates to work part-time in an eligible practice after taking parental leave.

This year's successful recipients will receive funding of $55,000 over five years — a total of $1.65 million investment.

“The graduate vets will be working with production animals such as cows, sheep and working dogs, which are essential in our primary industries,” Mr Penno said.

“MPI is delighted to support the vital role vets play in our regions.”