Military Veterinarians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Veterinarians play a vital role in rebuilding and improving animal care systems in underdeveloped and war-damaged countries. They also provide veterinary public health services through veterinary medical and surgical care, food safety and defense, and biomedical research and development. Many veterinarians also provide care to Military Working Dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Department of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by service members. Officers with special education in laboratory animal medicine, pathology, microbiology, or related disciplines conduct research in military and other governmental agencies.

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Work Environment

Veterinarians work in medical, clinical, and research laboratories and, at times, in food processing or storage plants. They may work outdoors while conducting field work, on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Veterinarians in the Military

1,046

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Salary

Average Salary

$80,190

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 79%
  • Post-doctoral training 11%
  • First professional degree 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Veterinarians are subject matter experts in their field. Job training for veterinarians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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