With Memorial Day coming up, this seemed an appropriate item to publish. Sort of a Memorial Day pre-view of future years, you might say.
On May 5th. 2011, two UC Davis students took on an added responsibility to their fledgling career goals, they enlisted in the US Army. After taking oaths to defend their country, the two students became second lieutenants in the Army Medical Service Corps. Once they receive their DVM degrees, they will be activated as fully commissioned officers at the rank of Captain and serve on active duty for at least three years.
The Army only offers 35 scholarships each year to veterinary students interested in serving as veterinarians in military service. A qualified student receives a full-tuition scholarship and a monthly allowance. Most veterinary scholarships are offered in the second or third year of veterinary school. Katharina “Kat” Waterkamp, class of 2013, and Katherine “Katie” Wright, class of 2014, were two of this year’s beneficiaries.
In return for their scholarships, Waterkamp and Wright are required to serve on active duty for three years after graduation and serve in the Individual Ready Reserve for five years. Although the Army is the only branch of service with a Veterinary Corps they may be assigned to any Army, Marine, Navy, Coast Guard or Airforce base or wherever they may be needed.
According to information on the Army’s website, “The US Army Veterinary Corps provides food safety and security inspections for all of the Armed Services. The group is also responsible for providing care to military working dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Department of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by service members. Corps members are an essential component of the military medical research team, contributing skills in the development of life-saving medical products that protect all service members.”
Congratulations to Lt.’s Katharina and Katherine.
Learn More about the > Army Veterinary Corps,
Check out my upcoming Sunday article as DawgHugger recognizes the valiant services of these new Lieutenant’s potential future patients and teammates in the Armed Services (Memorial Day is up coming, you know).
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