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.
- Provide routine daily care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities.
- Perform physical examinations to detect obvious abnormalities and report findings to a 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 a veterinarian.
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.
- Plaster-casting techniques.
- Interest in general science and biology.
- Enjoy helping others.
- Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions and follow directions precisely.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future as a veterinary aide or assistant at a veterinary hospital.
With training and continued study, you may qualify for certification as an assistant laboratory animal technician.
To enlist in the Army/ Army Reserve you must be:
- Between the ages of 17–35 (must ship to basic training prior to 35th birthday).
- U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens.
- Possess a High School Diploma or GED.