MOS 68T, Animal Care Specialist Duty Descriptions

68T Animal Care Specialist
Serves as an Animal Care NCO providing healthcare support to Military Working Dogs, other Government Owned Animals (GOA) and Privately Owned Animals (POA), in garrison and worldwide contingency operations; prevention and control spread of zoonotic diseases (animal to human); assists Army veterinarians in conducting routine exams, administers medications, and performs surgical and emergency procedures for GOAs.




NCOIC, Veterinary Medicine
Serves as the NCOIC of the Department of Veterinary Medicine; assists the Chief of Veterinary Medicine in ensuring all RDT&E, clinical investigation, and diagnostic procedures were conducted in compliance with applicable regulations and standards; supports an animal colony of over X non-human primates and X mice; contributes veterinary expertise for medical research protocols, equipment procurement, and emergency plans; responsible for equipment valued at $X million and the daily supervision and training of XX U.S. and foreign service nationals.




Animal Care Specialist
Provides routine care of animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities; obtains medical history from owners and/or handlers and measures and records animal vital signs; performs physical examinations to detect obvious abnormalities and reports findings to veterinarian; positions and restrains animals for examination and treatment; calculates doses and administers oral and topical medications as directed by the veterinarian; maintains sanitary conditions for all components of the veterinary treatment facilities to include operating room and equipment.




Animal Care Specialist
Assists veterinarian in surgical procedures and performs euthanasia when instructed by veterinarian; cleans, debrides, and sutures superficial wounds; collects, preserves, and prepares blood, urine, feces, skin scrapings, and post mortem specimens for shipment and evaluation; performs routine diagnostic laboratory tests such as fecal smears, urinalysis, blood counts, and chemistries; records laboratory test results; takes and develops radiographs of designated animal body parts; initiates and maintains animal health records, immunization records, registration files, animal bite case reports, and other administrative files.




Animal Care Specialist
Provides technical guidance, management, and training to junior and other medical personnel (68W) and emergent and routine care to the canine handlers; performs advanced emergency medical procedures on animals such as triage, tracheotomy and insertion of stomach tubes; operates mechanical respirators, heart monitors, and sterilizer apparatus; supervises supply management and patient administration procedures.



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