Military Will Train You To Work With Animals

Military training with animals is a growing military career. People have worked with animals for thousands of years. While many people see little or nothing of live animals, aside from the family pet, animals play many roles in our society and there are many jobs associated with animals that you can learn as a member of the U.S. military.

Service dog and horse handlers, livestock managers and veterinarians are just a few of the jobs you can learn through the military. Working with animals in the military can also train you to work as a USDA food inspector. The demand for these skills continues to grow as more is learned about the effectiveness of animals as companions, service animals, even medical examiners.

Dogs Are More Than Man’s Best Friend

Dogs are commonly associated with protecting property and herding livestock. These skills are still valid and still in demand. As our cities become more crowded and the population ages, dogs are proving once again that they are valuable friends and helpers. Dogs are used to sniff out bed bugs in fancy hotels, they chase unwanted geese from public parks and they have demonstrated the ability to signal when they sense a person is about to have a seizure or if they come in contact with someone who has certain forms of cancer.

U.S. Customs and the DEA use dogs specially trained to seek out drugs, guns, bombs, stowaways and other illegal imports. Rescue groups use dogs to find lost hikers, natural disaster and kidnap victims. The need for service dogs, which are specially trained to provide assistance to individuals unable to perform simple tasks such as turning on lights, picking things up from the floor or pushing a crosswalk button, is steadily increasing. As a professional dog handler, your choice of careers can take you anywhere.

Giddy-up And Get Better

Anyone who has ever ridden a horse knows the hypnotic effect the rhythmic gate can have. These gentle giants have been used for formal funerals and parades for hundreds of years. Their adaptability makes them useful on farms, ranches, in remote areas and in places where gasoline simply cannot be brought in.


Horses also serve a therapeutic service for individuals with a wide variety of ailments. Autistic children and adults show noticeable improvement in their interactions with people after riding a horse. People who tend to be overly emotional benefit from this experience, as well. As a skilled horse trainer, you can work in a variety of jobs, all thanks to the military.

Sanitation And Animal Medicine

Anyone who has a pet or livestock knows just how expensive the services of a licensed veterinarian can be. As a member of the U.S. military, you have the option to get paid and receive benefits all while attending veterinary school. The military uses dogs and horses for a number of applications and they need good veterinarians to care for these valuable animals.

Animal husbandry and sanitation, with regards to working animals and food animals is the source of countless job opportunities. The U.S. military is prepared to train you at their expense, all while providing you and your family with an income, a home, utilities, full benefits and a retirement plan. Clearly, this can be a great opportunity for many. For more information about a career working with animals, click HERE.

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military dot image sophie    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi i would lke to join the Militry to train with the dogs because i know how much it helps people


military dot image Eddy Smith    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send me a complete list of all military jobs that are directly dealing with animals . My step son wants to join the military next year after graduation and wants to work with animals (dogs preferably but he likes all animals). Thank you US Millitary.com


military dot image Alex Kowalski    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi I would like info on horse training. I have been around horses my whole life and am currently volunteering and riding at a therapeutic horse back riding center


military dot image Heather Haney    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send me a complete list of all military jobs that are directly dealing with animals . I would really appreciate it


military dot image Deborah Sinnott    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son is an animal enthusiast and is interested in working with dogs. I am wondering what careers the military offers for him. Can you send us information?
Thank you!


military dot image ALesha Rivera    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im currently in the navy been in a year.. im willing to change my job..i really want to work with animals but no one ever told me its possible in the navy unless its K9 and im not wanting to be a handler…id rather do different types like this topic….. is there anything i can do? or switch jobs??? what do i have to do….

i appreciate any and all help in this matter… Thank you!


military dot image Rebekah    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello, I’m also an animal enthusiast who is thinking about enlisting. I would like a list of military jobs that deal with animals


military dot image Megan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

plan on going to college to work with horses. would like a list of careers that involve horses and the military


military dot image Teagan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send a list of all jobs in the military that would train me to work with dogs, horses, and animals. And please let me know which branch of the military that job would be with. Thank You


military dot image Mikaela    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send information to help me get started looking for programs working with animals in the military. Thank you!


military dot image Tabatha    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send me a complete list of all military jobs that are directly dealing with animals. I love working with hor


military dot image TimberWolf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am currently in my last semester of High School and I am looking into jobs that deal with animals. I really would love to work with horses or dogs(horses prefeably) and I dont know what jobs in the militray besides vet offer that. I saw that horse trainer was in the description but I loked on GOARMY.COM and they did not offer much on that. COuld you send me a list of horse and dog related jobs offered as I want to do ROTC once I graduate?


military dot image Jeannette    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Please send me a complete list of all military jobs that are directly dealing with animals and in what branches they are in. Thank you


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Caroline, thank you for your interest in serving in today’s us military. Now is a great time to begin collecting and researching information on your prospective military experience. You may want to talk to your local military recruiter about your specific interest re military jobs, like working with animals. You may want to contact each branch and ask about the ‘work with animal’ jobs & careers. One branch may have more opportunities that align with your interest more than the others. Again, thank you for your interest in our military! My best, Larry


military dot image Kayla Littlefield    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello! I have been considering a military career for a few months now and as I am only a few weeks away from graduation, I am very interested in knowing about the animal careers offered in each branch. While I would prefer not to be a vet, I would be very interested in fields working with dogs or horses. I want to talk to a recruiter, but I am rather nervous. If you have a list of jobs that I could see, I would greatly appreciate it so I know that the jobs are indeed out there. Thank you!


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Kayla,
I understand your concerns. Somewhat good news… military recruiting is not nearly as desperate as they were five or so years ago. All to say, don’t be nervous as that is the recruiters job to provide you with specific requested military job info. With that, military careers with animals is unique and I strongly recommend calling your local or designated recruiter and ask him/her to mail (or email) you military jobs related to careers with animals. Also, all branches!! My best, LF


military dot image Maria    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello! Ive always wanted to work with animals but Im considering joining the military and going to college after! is there any information anyone could send me? thank you so much!


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Maria, the best thing is to call your military branch of interest and request info on schools relative to animals. I would call all the branches and make same requests… my best, lf


military dot image Elizabeth    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi! Please send me a list of all military jobs that work directly with animals (especially horses). It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)


military dot image Andreana    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m 25 and just moved to San Antonio,Texas. Not interested in joining a branch, but I would like to work with training dogs. Do you have a contact name or phone number?


military dot image Tiranie Ruffin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am currently in high school but after I graduate high school and college I am absolutely positive that I want to join the military and work with animals. I don’t have a clue which branch I want to join yet, but could I get a list of jobs involving animals (preferably dogs and cats) and what branches of the military they are connected with?


military dot image Cidney Williams    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello I would love it if you would send me a complete list of military jobs related to animals. Thank you


military dot image Cidney Williams    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I would love nothing more than to be a veterinarian.


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