U.S. Army Veterinary Corps - Reserve Components
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U.S. Army Veterinary Services - Reserve Components

COL Keith J. Jacoby Thank you for your interest in the United States Army Reserve Veterinary Corps.

As veterinarians within the military, our mission is diverse. We are responsible for ensuring the health of our military through food defense which includes food inspection, sanitary audits, laboratory testing, and command advisory boards to name a few.Our veterinarians are also responsible for maintaining the health of our government- owned animals through preventive medicine, clinical and surgical care, handler training, and serving as advisors to the command. Our skills are sought to assist with developing the knowledge and capabilities of animal care workers, farmers, and agricultural-based industries in many areas across the globe. Veterinarians possessing advanced training and board certification provide additional capabilities in Preventive Medicine, Pathology, Toxicology, and other areas of research and development. Our Veterinary Service personnel also provide veterinary services support during natural or man-made disasters.

We have twelve field units known as Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) (MDVSS) units and multiple garrison units (TDA). The units are located in many areas of the United States. The MDVSS units are large units consisting of food inspection squads, veterinary service support squads, and a veterinary medical squad as well as a headquarters team. These are considered mobile units and transport their equipment with the unit to support the mission. These units typically conduct training exercises at one of the major training centers within the United States or training and medical support missions outside of the United States. MDVSS units may deploy to theaters in austere environments as either single squads or whole units and provide the veterinary service support to that region.

TDA units are typically smaller and are designed to mobilize and support a specific area of assignment within the United States or another United States military establishment outside of the United States. The TDA structure is being revised but by the end of FY 2017 there should be 13 of these units aligned to the regions they support, (see the TDA Unit Locator). These units fall in on equipment and buildings already established and provide veterinary service support. Training is varied with the goal of ensuring Soldiers are able to provide veterinary support services when mobilized.

We also have veterinarians assigned to Civil Affairs units, Individual Mobilization Augmentee positions and other assignments within the Reserves. The mission for those veterinarians depends upon the missions assigned to the commanding unit and varies from advisory, training, provision of care, to staff level.

We develop our officers by mentoring with peers and leaders, challenging them with different additional duties within the unit, encouraging them to seek different assignments of diversity throughout their career and through military and professional education.; Serving in the reserves is a team experience—for the Soldier, Soldier’s family, and unit of assignment. However, it does require individual initiative to seek opportunities and progress with development of military knowledge and skills.

Currently, applicants not currently under another military service obligation period may receive $25,000 (pre-tax) special pay yearly for up to three years and up to $50,000 loan repayment spread over three years. The special pay and loan repayment are not received at the same time. Ask your recruiter for more information.

We hope you will take this opportunity to serve the United States and our military members.

COL Keith J. Jacoby
Deputy Chief, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs