Veterinary food inspection specialist (68R)

The veterinary food inspection specialist inspects food designed for human consumption, while also supervising food inspection and combined veterinary service activities.

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Veterinary Food Inspection Specialists play a crucial role in keeping the food for Department of Defense personnel and their families’ safe through inspections and testing of all consumable products used by the military. This career field requires individuals who are interested in food safety, food defense, public health, mathematics, food chemistry and biology.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training you will attend 8 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. As a Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist you will be responsible for ensuring all food is safe for human consumption by, evaluating packaging, packing and marking requirements, identifying unsanitary conditions in food storage facilities and commissary stores, evaluating vendor supply contracts and deliveries to ensure compliance, operating and maintaining inspection equipment, performing duties in accordance with approved standards of conduct, and reporting suspected fraud.

Following your successful completion of all required training you will be eligible for assignments around the world. As a Soldier, you will also have the opportunity to further your military and civilian education with additional specialized training or through college courses. Your military experience may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may pursue a career as a food inspector and auditor with various government agencies and civilian food producers. 

Veterinary Food Inspection Specialists; protecting the health and welfare of Service members and their families and the financial interests of the government.