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Army Veterinary Corps

Veterinary Pathology (64D)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Veterinary pathology officers conduct diagnostic, surgical and necropsy assessments of working animals. Army veterinarian officers primarily focus on animal medicine, veterinary public health and research/development. Whether you’re providing treatment to bomb-sniffing dogs or inoculating cattle on a humanitarian mission, you’re making a positive impact on the lives of everyone who depends on animals.

Job Duties

  • Conducts diagnostic, surgical, and necropsy assessments of DOD working animals
  • Conceives, designs, and performs innovative and creative scientific research as well as more classical research support, frequently performed in accordance with the guidelines of national and international regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, National Toxicology Program, and the World Health Organization.
  • Evaluates therapeutics and vaccines intended for human use in animal models in accordance with Good Laboratory Practices standards


Active Duty

  • Doctorate from an American Veterinary Medical Association – accredited veterinary school in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada (foreign graduates may apply if they possess a permanent certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates)
  • License to practice in the United States
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
  • Must be between 21-42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)


Job training for an Army Medical Department officer includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.

Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army physical fitness test.

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration


Active Duty

  • Diplomate Board-Certified Pay for veterinarians who have received a diploma in a specialty recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Health Professions Loan Repayment Program for qualifying veterinary school loans
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master’s degrees and doctorate programs

Army Reserve

  • Health Professional Special Pay
  • Health Care Professions Loan Repayment, which may be applied toward qualified veterinary school loans
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master’s degrees and doctorate programs

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

Active Duty & Reserve
The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development. Learn more about education.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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