Animal specialists perform unique duties in connection with operations using animals. They are responsible for the care, welfare, and continuous training of assigned animals to ensure physical condition and behavioral proficiency is maintained. They prepare and maintain administrative reports and health records associated with the animals in their care.Explore this career outside the military
Animal specialists can work in either a veterinary clinic setting or a research lab. While these areas are usually located on a military base, it is also possible for animal care specialists to work in a mobile unit in the field. They also may work on ships when caring for marine mammals.
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Animal Specialists in the Military
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All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Animal specialists gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training content may include: Animal care techniquesEmergency medical techniquesMethods of sterilizing surgical equipmentPlaster-casting techniquesOperation of navigational equipmentMission-specific skillsRead More
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