U.S. Army Medical Department, Veterinary Corps Opportunities
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Frequently Asked Questions

sealWill I have a choice of assignments?

Generally, you will be given a choice of assignments from those available for your rank and experience.



What will my first assignment be like?

MAJ Blankenship with dolphinMost new Army veterinarians are assigned to military facilities within the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii. Your initial responsibilities include:

  • Running a limited service veterinary clinic.
  • Providing full medical and surgical care to government owned animals.
  • Supervising the soldiers and civilian personnel who work for you.
  • Performing sanitary inspections on commercial establishments that provide food to the Department of Defense. This is not "meat inspection". You will concentrate on processes and procedures.
  • Providing public health support in your area such as Rabies Bite Control programs.
  • Operating a stray facility and adoption program if you are assigned to an Army installation.
  • Serving as an advisor to the post commander on veterinary issues.



CPT Williams inspecting applesOne of the best parts of the job for many is getting to do something different every day and being given the autonomy to make your own decisions on what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.




three soldiers in front of tentWill I have to go to basic training?

You will attend Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. This course is intended to teach you about the Army, the Army Medical Department , and the Veterinary Corps and prepare you for service in your first assignment. This is not regular Army "basic training".





scuba divingWhat benefits does the Army offer?

As an Army Veterinary Officer, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous benefits. These include:

  • A starting salary among the highest in the profession.
  • 30 days annual paid vacation.
  • 10 paid federal holidays per year.
  • No-cost or low-cost medical coverage for you and your family members.
  • Low-cost dental and life insurance.
  • Tax-free housing and food allowances.
  • Non-contributory retirement after 20 years of qualifying service.
  • Continuing education allowances.
  • Opportunities for advanced education and board certification.
  • Military discounts on entertainment and travel worldwide.

What is the Army like?

san diegoThe Army Veterinary Corps gives you a lifestyle, financially, socially, and professionally, that is the envy of many newly graduated veterinarians. You and your family can lead active, fulfilling lives at any of the Department of Defense locations throughout the United States and overseas. The installations to which you will be assigned offer many recreational facilities for you to enjoy, such as golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, and hobby and craft shops. If you are assigned overseas you might try skiing in the Alps, visit the Vatican, or climb Mount Fuji. In the U.S. you might vacation at Disney World and stay at the Army's resort hotel, Shades of Green. There are innumerable travel opportunities offered to you and your family that will broaden your perspectives as you learn about and enjoy different cultures and interests.



What physical fitness standards will be expected of me?

veterinarian at Bagdad zooA medical examination will be required upon application.

Officers in the Army are required to take a physical fitness test every 6 months. This test includes sit-ups, push-ups, and a 2-mile run. Soldiers are required to achieve at least a 60% in each category.

For a review of the push-up, sit-up and 2-mile run standards visit the Ft. Benning web site.

For general questions regarding service in the Army Veterinary Corps, contact the Corps Chief's Office by e-mail or call 210-221-8149.