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Veterinary Laboratory Animal Medicine Officer - 64C

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Officer
  • Restrictions:None


Veterinary laboratory animal medicine officers plan, direct and participate in the care, treatment, and management of laboratory animals. Army veterinarian officers primarily focus on animal medicine, veterinary public health and research/development. Whether you're providing treatment to bomb-sniffing dogs or inoculating cattle on a humanitarian mission, you're making a positive impact on the lives of everyone who depends on animals.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs, and participates in the care, treatment, and management of laboratory animals and other government owned animals
  • Duties include the design of facilities and equipment, obtaining and maintaining accreditation from the Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care, International, supervision of all aspects of animal care and use and operation of research projects
  • Requirements

    Active Duty

  • Doctorate from an American Veterinary Medical Association – accredited veterinary school in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada (foreign graduates may apply if they possess a permanent certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates)
  • License to practice in the United States
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Army Reserve
  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
  • Must be between 21-42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
  • Training

    Job training for an Army Medical Department officer includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army physical fitness test.

    Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • No ASVAB
  • Compensation

    Active Duty

  • Diplomate BoardCertified Pay for veterinarians who have received a diploma in a specialty recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Health Professions Loan Repayment Program for qualifying veterinary school loans
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master's degrees and doctorate programs
  • Army Reserve
  • Health Professional Special Pay
  • Health Care Professions Loan Repayment, which may be applied toward qualified veterinary school loans
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master's degrees and doctorate programs

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