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Animal Care Specialist

Medical and Emergency
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Animal Care Specialist - 68T

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


The animal care specialist is primarily responsible for the prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animal to man, as well as the comprehensive care for government-owned animals.

Job Duties

  • Provide routine daily care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities
  • Perform physical examinations to detect obvious abnormalities and reports findings to veterinarian
  • Calculate doses and administers oral and topical medications as directed by the veterinarian
  • Assist veterinarian in surgical procedures and perform euthanasia when instructed by veterinarian
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for an animal care specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in animal care. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Patient care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques
  • Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
  • Plastercasting techniques
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in general science and biology
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions and follow directions precisely

    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.

  • Skilled Technical (ST) : 91
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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