Federal Issue Brief

 Veterinary Corps Officer Accession from Lieutenant to Captain

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AVMA Position/AVMA Ask:

 "Active Pursuit of Passage" of legislation that would commission Army Reserve Veterinary Corps Officers at the rank of Captain.


Currently, all active duty veterinarians entering the Army Veterinary Corps are commissioned into the corps at the rank of Captain. Army Reserve Veterinary Corps officers, however, are commissioned at the rank of First Lieutenant unless they get credit for years in veterinary medicine after graduation (approx. 5-7yrs; requirement may vary).


Physicians commissioned as Army Medical Corps officers enter active duty or the reserves at a rank of Captain. First Lieutenants are expected to perform the same duties and responsibilities as Captains in the United States Army Reserve Veterinary Corps; however, they do not have the same authority to carry out these tasks. Additionally, military pay is related to rank, which is consistent with the AVMA GRD's current federal equity in pay initiative.

AVMA Contact:

Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, Director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division, 202-289-3205)