What Is the Veterinary Corps?

Posted by Tori Holmes
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Animals are used in many aspects of the U.S. Army, so it's no surprise that they need trained veterinarians to care for them...that's where the Veterinary Corps comes in.

For those who went to veterinary school but want to further their work in animal medicine outside of a clinic, the Veterinary Corps is an option.

Who are they?

The United States Veterinary Corps is one of the six corps of medical specialists that make up the medical department of the U.S. Army. Those in the Veterinary Corps possess speciality skills and have a unique background in the military and veterinary public health sectors.

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What do they do?

The Veterinary Corps ensure that the Army's veterinary public health capability is top-notch. For vets interested in working with wildlife, there is also the opportunity to be trained in wildlife and endangered species veterinary medicine.

In addition to traditional medical and surgical care for military working dogs and other animals, veterinary corps officers also help with food safety, defense, biomedical research and development, and other realms of health care, and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.

Where do they work?

Veterinary Corps service members have the opportunity to work with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force in all veterinary service activities in more than 90 countries across the world.

How do you become involved?

If you're interested in becoming part of the veterinary corps, the first thing you should do is visit their website and find a recruiter in your area. They will be able to provide you with all of the information you need to become an active duty military veterinarian.

Are you part of the Veterinary Corps? Were you an Army veterinarian? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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