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Unformatted text preview: Veterinarians Serving in the Veterinarians Serving in the Department of Defense Dr. Tim Wells, Col, USAF, BSC Michigan State University, CVM 1979 1 Image of Veterinary Medicine Image of Veterinary Medicine 2 Veterinarians In the Military Veterinarians In the Military 3 Veterinarian's Oath Veterinarian's Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence. (Adopted by the House of Delegates, July 1969, amended by the Executive Board, November 1999) 4 Accession Programs Accession Programs Direct Commission (Air Force & Army) Army & AF (based upon need): Health Professions Scholarship 1­3 year scholarship pays for books, tuition, $2,000/mo. stipend 1 for 1 with minimum of three years Loan Repayment up to $120,000 over three years to repay veterinary school loans 5 Rank Structure Rank Structure Number (percent) 1 General (7%) (22%) (28%) (44%) Army N = 446 Colonel Lt Colonel Major Captain 1 (6%) 50% (26%) 65% (28%) 90% (35%) Air Force N = 180* *About 50% are veterinarians6 Air Force Public Health Air Force Public Health Officer Community Health (26%) Force Health Management (70%) Communicable and vectorborne disease Environmental health/sanitation & food safety/security Population health epidemiology Hearing conservation & other occupational health Special purpose examinations Hospital employee health Deployment health Medical intelligence Medical standards Supervision (4%) 7 Air Force Public Health Officer Air Force Public Health Officer Aircraft quarantine inspections in conjunction with Animal Plant & Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Many career­broadening assignments available We do not (normally) treat animals Direct impact on National Defense! 8 U.S. Army Veterinary Corps U.S. Army Veterinary Corps What We Do FORCE PROTECTION F O O D S A F E T Y A N IM A L M E D R & D 9 U.S. Army Veterinary Corps U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Food Safety • Food / Water / Dairy Product Plant Inspections • Audit Inspections for Quality Assurance • Quarterly to Yearly • Verification of required paperwork, training records, lab testing, etc. • Facility Inspection / Employee practices 10 U.S. Army Veterinary Corps U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Navy Marine Mammal Program Civil Affairs Veterinary Services Military Working Dogs 11 U.S. Army Veterinary Corps U.S. Army Veterinary Corps DoD Research & Development Ebola Virus, negative stain, TEM 12 Assignments Assignments Within the Continental United States (CONUS) Outside of CONUS (OCONUS): Hawaii, Alaska, Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Azores) Far East (Korea, Guam, Japan), Middle East You might possibly travel to any country in the world – Central/South America, Australia, South Pole, Countries of the Former Soviet Republic, Balkans, India, Egypt (Cairo), African Continent, Middle East 13 Military & Civilian Veterinary Military & Civilian Veterinary Pay 180000 160000 140000 120000 Base Adjusted* Civilian** 100000 80000 60000 40000 20000 0 1 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 Captain Major Lt Colonel Colonel *Adjusted includes estimates for tangible and intangible benefits. Does not include: professional pay ($100/mo), board specialty pay ($6K/yr), Loan Repayment, Accession bonus ($10K), Incentive Pay ($5K/yr), Retention bonus ($5-7.5K/yr). Pro pay is moving to Army only, Incentive pay and retention bonus is Air Force only. ** 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics. 50% of US veterinarians make between $63K - $105K annually. 14 Benefits Benefits Free medical and dental to member, low cost to family Low cost groceries, monthly food and housing allotment are not taxed Low cost life insurance Many states waive state income tax 30 days paid vacation 10 Federal holidays Have excellent retirement benefits Opportunity to travel Work with some exceptionally talented professionals in a dynamic environment Post­DVM educational opportunities abound 15 Post DVM Educational Opportunities Post DVM Educational Opportunities Masters Public Health* Food Science Technology* Health Services Admin† International Health † Informatics † Occupational Epidemiology† Residency with Masters Lab Animal Medicine Internal Medicine Surgery Emergency and Critical Care Radiology Food Animal / Preventive Residency programs Veterinary Pathology (AFIP) Laboratory Animal Medicine Epidemiology Investigative Services fellowship (CDC)* NIOSH Fellowship† Ph.D. Microbiology Pharmacology Physiology Toxicology Pathology Public Health Epidemiology* Medicine * Offered by Air Force & Army † Offered by the Air Force 16 What Are the Disadvantages? What Are the Disadvantages? Deployments may be long and to austere & perhaps dangerous environments Mandatory moves every few years Can be difficult on children (especially high school), pets Duty location may be long distances from “home” and not your first choice 17 Snapshot of A Twenty­three Year Career Snapshot of A Twenty­three Year Career 18 Memorable Events Memorable Events Aerial Refueling From Both Sides 19 Europe Europe 20 Have you ever……. Wanted to go supersonic? Participate in recovering the space shuttle? 21 22 US Air Force Academy Falcon Mascot Program US 23 23 James Earl Jones Visit 24 Questions? Questions? 25 ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course VM 101 taught by Professor Dr.ames during the Spring '09 term at Michigan State University.

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