THE VETERINARY CORPS
Figure 1-3. The insignia of the Veterinary Corps.
The Veterinary Corps is composed of professional veterinary officers. These are
qualified doctors of veterinary medicine who are responsible for providing medical care
for animals in the Army. In addition, they inspect food supplies and serve as advisors in
regard to the condition of food supplies. The duties of Veterinary Corps officers are to:
a. Perform food hygiene, safety, and quality assurance inspections, and advise
appropriate authorities on inspection results. The following basic inspections are
(1) Food processing inspections at the time of or after procurement. These
inspections are performed on foods of both animal and non-animal origin when
requested by the proper authority.
(2) Inspection of foods received at their place of destination. These
inspections are performed on foods of both animal and non-animal origin to determine
identity and condition.
b. Provide a comprehensive program to prevent and control diseases
transmitted from animals to man, either directly or through other susceptible animals.
c. Participate, upon request, in military medical research and development
projects, including those in the fields of food technology, veterinary public health,
veterinary microbiology, laboratory animal sciences, pathology, biophysics, and
d. Provide medical treatment for animals.
e. Assist, upon request and when authorized, civilian authorities and/or Federal
departments in emergency animal disease control programs.