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Can you work as a Veterinarian and at the same time work in the military?

I'm in the AFJROTC program and I've been told that I could pursue both careers: Veterinary and Military. It's either I apply to get into the U.S. Air Force Academy and take the classes for Veterinary and at the same time train as an officer or I could find a college that has an ROTC program but I am not sure which one would be a better option. veterinary veterinary-medicine airforce military officer

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Robert’s Answer

Hi Olivia, The Army is the only branch that offers this type of education. I have included a link. You do have options so it would be best to talk to the Army first and ask them about your options and also contact the Air Force. I wish you well on your choice.
https://www.goarmy.com/amedd/veterinarian.html

I also found this webpage that may help.
https://www.elliottgarber.com/army-veterinarian/
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Todd’s Answer

This really depends on what your primary passion is. The Air Force Academy is a great education, however if your main goal is to be a veterinarian, you may better be served going through an ROTC plan to give you more flexibility after you graduate. You may decide to be a non military veterinarian and even have your own practice yet you could still be an officer part time in the reserves.
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Sharonivy’s Answer

Yes you can! I believe the Army have veterinarians as one of their jobs.

Hey Sharonivy! Great start to an answer here. Any recommendations of where they can continue to find more information about this? Or suggestions on what next steps they can do? Jordan Rivera, Admin COACH

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J’s Answer

Air Force Academy is an excellent option if you're looking to be a full-time, active duty Air Force Officer. However, the Army is the only service that actively trains and employs vets. If you're wanting to do both, I would strongly recommend pursuing a veterinarian education at a university and aim to be an Air Force Reserve Officer after you graduate.

Reserve officers have excellent and flexible opportunities. You get many of the same benefits as active duty (health care, base access), but you can keep your full-time job.
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