Veterinary Medicine

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Veterinarian examining mice

As a veterinary officer in the Commissioned Corps, you can choose from among many career opportunities, and your work will be anything but routine. For instance, you can serve as a clinician responding to animal and human disease outbreaks, manage disease prevention and control programs, conduct medical and biological research in the company of world-class investigators, regulate drugs and monitor vaccine development, or ensure public safety as a public health compliance or quarantine officer. As part of a national team of committed health care professionals, you’ll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving the health of the Nation.

“The U.S. Public Health Service provides veterinarians an exciting and unique opportunity to serve as a Commissioned officer in support of our country while strongly pursuing a One Health concept of medical care. The USPHS Veterinary Category provides officers opportunities in public health, epidemiology, food safety, laboratory animal medicine, veterinary pathology, and regulatory compliance and oversight. We have a small cadre of officers which serves to promote strong collegiality and professional growth. I enthusiastically encourage you to consider joining us.”

Captain Terri R. Clark
Chief Veterinary Officer,
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014