What is it?
The Army offers one of the most generous and comprehensive scholarships in the health care field. It's called the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, HPSP for short. If you qualify, you could earn a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly allowance through the HPSP.
To be eligible for the scholarship you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be enrolled in an accredited college of veterinary medicine program in the United States.
- Meet eligibility criteria for appointment as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
- Maintain full-time student status during the entire length of the program.
What Does the Army Pay For?
- Tuition: You must be enrolled in an accredited college of veterinary medicine program in the United States to apply.
- Book/Fees/Reimbursables: The Army will pay for required books, rental of nonexpendable equipment, and most academic fees.
- Monthly Stipend: A generous monthly stipend will be provided for the 10 ½ months of each school year.
- Army Officer Pay: For the remaining six weeks of the school year, you will receive the full pay and allowances offered a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.
- Promotions: You'll be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. After graduation and entrance on active duty, you'll be promoted to Captain, which means more pay. Your salary will increase through the years with promotions, time in service, and annual cost of living increases. You'll also receive a monthly non-taxable allowance for your food and housing.
What Does the Army Expect of You?
- Full-time Student: You are expected to be a dedicated, full-time student, putting your best effort toward your studies.
- Army Reserve Officer: You will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.
- 45 Days Active Duty for Training: While a student, you will be required to perform a training period for each school year in which you participate in the scholarship program. This training may be performed at an Army veterinary service facility near your school, or you could work at one of the Army facilities, such as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. or Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Either way, you'll be exposed to a veterinary service system that excels at training people for rewarding careers in military veterinary medicine. If your academic program does not permit time away from school, arrangements may be made to allow you to continue your studies while performing annual training at school.
- First Year Graduate Veterinary Education (FYGVE) Program: upon graduation you will participate in a one year FYGVE program. The time spent in this program does not count toward your Active Duty Obligation.
- Active Duty Obligation: three year active duty obligation, regardless of which year scholarship you receive.
- Reserve Duty Obligation: a five year obligation in the Individual Ready Reserve.
What We Do
- We are an integral part of an Army Medical Department at war, supporting a Nation at war. Everything we do ultimately focuses on the Warfighter- the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. The US Army Veterinary Corps provides food safety and security inspections for all of the Armed Services. We also are responsible for providing care to Military Working Dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Department of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by service members. We are an essential component of the military medical research team, contributing our skills in the development of life saving medical products that protect all service members.
For general questions regarding service in the Army Veterinary Corps, contact the Corps Chief's Office by e-mail or call 210-221-8149.