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Overview for Army Veterinarians

 

Are you a Prospective Veterinary Student? Here's a list of Programs/Incentives that may apply to you!

  • Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP): Active Duty (Full Time Army Job)

     


Are you a Practicing Veterinarian? Here's a list of Programs/Incentives that may apply to you!

  • Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (ADHPLRP): Active Duty
  • Special Pay: Reserves (Part Time Army Job)
    • Certain Areas of Concentration (AOCs)
  • Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP): Reserves

     

 

*Note Pay is based on Rank, Time in Service, Incentive Pay (specific to your specialty) and Board Certification Pay*

 

 

Active Duty Veterinarian Corps Programs/Incentives:

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) 

Provides a 3 year scholarship for students enrolled in an AVMA accredited DVM or VMD program.  Applicants must be a US citizen. HPSP provides full tuition, monthly stipend of over $2,300.00 for 10 and one half months and reimbursement of certain academic fees. Provides Second Lieutenant pay for 45 days during Active Duty Training. Appointed and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant branch unassigned while participating in the HPSP program. Soldier is commissioned as a Veterinarian Corps Captain upon completion of training. Active Duty Obligation is year-for-year for each year receiving the scholarship with a minimum obligation of 3 years. HPSP grads are required to apply for and attend the First Year Graduate Veterinary Education (FYGVE) Program, a one year hands on training covering clinical medicine, public health, leadership and hospital management. 

 

Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (ADHPLRP)

This program will repay up to $40,000 of qualified loans to lending institutions annually for a maximum of 3 years. Active Duty Obligation is 1 year-for-year receiving loan repayment with a minimum period of 2 years on Active Duty. Taxable income.

 

Army Reserves Veterinarian Corps Programs/Incentives: 

Special Pay 

Special pay provides up to $15,000 per year, participants must choose 2, 3 or 4 years of affiliation for Vet Preventive Medicine, Vet Lab Animal Service, Vet Pathology and Vet Clinical Medicine. Soldier must serve in an Army Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU), AMEDD Professional Medical Command (APMC) or in the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Program while receiving the special pay. Individuals may be eligible, if qualified, to participate in 1 other Army Reserve incentive program. Applicant must possess a current, valid, active and unrestricted state license to apply.

 

 

Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP)

HPLRP provides up to $20,000 annually with a lifetime maximum of $60,000 for repayment of qualified education loans for Veterinarians. For each year of satisfactory service in an Army Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU), AMEDD Professional Medical Command (APMC) or in the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Program. Any DOD authorized student loan will be considered eligible for repayment. Applicant must possess a current, valid, active and unrestricted state license to apply. Taxable income.

 

Some Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen for Regular Army or a permanent resident for Army Reserves
  • Need to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine and graduates from an AVMA accredited veterinary school in the United States, District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, or Foreign Countries (school must have been accredited when the student graduated.) Foreign graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools may apply if they have a permanent certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) and hold a current, unrestricted state license to practice veterinary medicine. 


Videos:

From graduate student to Soldier, see how the U.S. Army provided Captain Jessica Bowden the opportunity to become a field veterinarian through its Health Professions Scholarship Program.

 
Captain Daniela Roberts is a veterinarian for the U.S. Army. She provides expert care to personal pets and military animals that support the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) mission.

 

 
Army Veterinarian team conducts vaccinations and sterilization procedures to pets in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, during Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17). CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and US Naval Forces Southern Command/US 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show US support and commitment to Central and South America. Produced by MC2 Ridge Leoni.

 

The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps celebrating 102 years of service.

 

 

 

Check out the 195th Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support Soldiers out of Baton Rouge, LA visit the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense equestrian center located in Kuwait. 

 

 

Factsheets:

Want to learn more about becoming an Army Veterinarian? Click on "Army Veterinarian" which will provide information like eligibility, benefits and financial assistance.