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Army MOS 68T Animal Care Specialist           

Medical care is provided not only to all men and women in the Army, but to all animals as well. Government-owned
patrol dogs, ceremonial horses, sled dogs and sea mammals all need quality care in order to keep working as hard
as they do in the Army.

The animal care specialist supervises or provides the care, management, treatment, and sanitary conditions for
animals, with a primary responsibility of prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animal to man and
comprehensive care for government owned animals. Some of your duties as an Animal Care Specialist may include:

Provide routine daily care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities
Obtain medical history from owners and/or handlers and measures and records animal vital signs
Perform physical examinations to detect obvious abnormalities and reports findings to veterinarian
Position and restrain animals for examination and treatment
Calculate doses and administers oral and topical medications as directed by the veterinarian
Maintain sanitary conditions for all components of the veterinary treatment facilities to include operating room and
equipment
Assist veterinarian in surgical procedures and perform euthanasia when instructed by veterinarian
Clean, debride, and suture superficial wounds
Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, feces, skin scraping, and post mortem specimens for shipment and
evaluation
Perform routine diagnostic laboratory tests such as fecal smears, urinalysis, blood counts, and chemistries, records
laboratory

Training
Job training for an Animal Care Specialist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering
skills, 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

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Animal Care Specialist provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same
discipline. As an advanced level Animal Care Specialist, you may also be involved in:

Perform advanced emergency medical procedures on animals such as triage, tracheotomy, burn and poison
management, venous cut down, and insertion of stomach tubes Operate mechanical respirators, heart monitors,
and gas sterilizer apparatus
Supervise non-appropriated fund activities, day-to-day operations, supply management and patient administration
procedures
Prepare budgets, trains handlers in emergency care of animals, and assists on research protocol teams
Maintain clinical and organizational equipment

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as an Animal Care Specialist will help prepare you for a future as a civilian veterinary aide or
assistant at a veterinary hospital. With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification as an
Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician.

Related Army Positions
Pharmacy Specialist (68Q)
Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)
Radiology Specialist (68P)
Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (68R)


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