In recent years, USPHS has received overwhelming interest in career opportunities. To manage the current volume of applications amidst organizational changes, it was necessary for us to focus our efforts on professions and positions of most need. As of May 2012 – and until further notice – the Commissioned Corps is not accepting new application packets for this profession. Please refer to the Application
Process Change: Focus on Existing Applicant Pool PDF for more information, and check the Web site or Facebook page for future updates.
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
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))
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