Animal Care Specialist

US Army and Army Reserve - Denver, CO4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $40,000 - $51,000 a year


The animal care specialist is primarily responsible for the prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animal to man, as well as the comprehensive care for government-owned animals.

Job Duties

  • Provide routine daily care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities
  • Perform physical examinations to detect obvious abnormalities and reports findings to veterinarian
  • Calculate doses and administers oral and topical medications as directed by the veterinarian
  • Assist veterinarian in surgical procedures and perform euthanasia when instructed by veterinarian


Job training for an animal care specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training 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

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in general science and biology
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions and follow directions precisely

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future as a veterinary aide or assistant at a veterinary hospital. With training and continued study, you may qualify for certification as an assistant laboratory animal technician.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.

  • HCA
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems
  • North Crest Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Bell Ambulance, Inc.
  • Prince William Health System
  • Reliant Medical Group
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Some of our benefits include:

- College tuition paid 100 percent the entire time you are employed with us

- Up to $40,000 dollar sign on bonus and/or $65,000 Student Loan Repayment.

- Up to $86,536 to go to college AFTER your service which can be used by you or split among your immediate family members (If you choose to transfer this benefit to them)

- Free housing (or your rent paid directly) and utilities 100 percent covered for you and your family

- Free Medical and Dental for you and your family

- 30 days paid vacation

- Free Travel.

In order to meet the minimum qualifications, you must:

  • Be under 35 years old
  • Be a US Citizen or Hold at least a green card (I-551)
  • Have a High School Diploma/GED
  • Have no major medical issues (missing limbs, mental health issues..)
  • Have no major law violations (sexual misconducts, domestics..)

If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please apply now and within 24-48 hours, you will receive an email from our recruiting team, directly.

Thank you!

Adam Boktor Sr.

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