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The American Kennel Club (AKC) thanks every Maine dog owner and resident who contacted their state lawmaker requesting support for LD 1885, as amended, to expand the state’s loan program to future practitioners of veterinary medicine.

AKC and the Maine Federation of Dog Clubs are thrilled to share that Governor Janet Mills signed LD 1885 into law on May 3 as Chapter 725 of the Acts of 2022!

The serious shortage of veterinarians practicing in Maine negatively impacts the health and welfare of all animals, including dogs.  Changes to the state’s loan program will enhance the veterinary workforce by increasing student veterinarian loan amounts to $35,000 per year over four years and by adding one loan for any Maine practitioner specializing in critical care and emergency veterinary services.

For more information on these or other legislative issues in Maine, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or