Animals – mostly dogs and horses – are an important part of Army life. As a Veterinary Technician, you take care of them alongside our highly skilled Army Vets. You work all over the world and deal with everything from injured search dogs to sick cavalry horses. You could be preparing an operating theatre one day and nursing hospitalized animals the next. It’s great experience which can help you get valuable qualifications, and a job if you return to civilian life. When you’re not building your skills and career, you’ll have time to enjoy sports and make some amazing friends.
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.
You'll then progress to your trade training at the Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray. You'll learn veterinary nursing skills, military-dog-handling skills and how to manage veterinary equipment.
Age: 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 monthsQualifications:
The Army will support and train you throughout your career, offering you considerable opportunities to develop your skills.
Learn about rank progression here.
“I have worked with horses and dogs, carrying out routine healthcare procedures such as vaccinations and administering veterinary care under the direction of the Veterinary Officer. The work is canine or equine-based. I am given a lot of responsibility; people ask for advice and listen, and I am trusted to perform veterinary tasks. This gives me a huge morale boost and the job satisfaction I crave. The Army has also given me the chance to go trekking in the Himalayas; the opportunity of a life time. I’m excited about having the chance to explore the world.”
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.