Army Animal Care SpecialistEnlisted


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Responsible for prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animal to man and comprehensive care for government owned animals.

The chief medical NCO is the principal non-commissioned officer who supervises, and performs related duties as the senior advisor to Commanders, Directors, and Chiefs of Departments and staff agencies on all matters pertaining to enlisted personnel; perform these duties in multifunctional medical treatment facilities and medical staff activities, or in medical units formed under the Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE), or Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) concept; the chief medical NCO must be qualified in one of the following eleven MOS (68A, 68E, 68G, 68J, 68K, 68M, 68P, 68Q, 68R, 68S and 68W) at the grade MSG; must be knowledgeable in technical mission, responsibilities and operations of all medical functional activities, to include: division and higher levels of medical special, general and joint staff sections, Medical Centers, large and medium size hospitals, Medical Activities, health centers and clinics, battery, company and troop size units, and all levels of echelons for medical organizations to include all major commands; must be able to plan, coordinate and supervise activities pertaining to unit organization, training, tactical and technical operations; provides advice and makes recommendations to the commander and staff on all matters pertaining to enlisted soldiers and their families; accompanies the commander on inspections, visits and ceremonies; assists in inspection of command activities, facilities and personnel as prescribed by the commander; ensures adherence to command policies; holds first sergeants' or sergeants' major call to announce information and instruction; ensures that newly assigned enlisted personnel are instructed in military courtesy, customs of the service and command regulations or policies; responsible for monitoring training or conducts training of enlisted soldiers; assesses training at all levels and provides feedback to appropriate commanders and leaders; provides counsel and guidance to NCOs and other enlisted soldiers of the command; responsible for and provides guidance on Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) and Non-Commissioned Officer Development Program (NCODP); inspects duties performed by subordinate NCOs; notes discrepancies and initiates appropriate corrective action; assists in reception of visitors to the command; serves as president or member of command promotion board or removal board for NCOs, as authorized by regulations; sits as chairperson or member of a command's Military Member of the Quarter/Year competition for enlisted soldiers or NCOs, as directed by local regulations; responsible for quality, control and training of noncommissioned officer evaluation reports (NCOER) while ensuring timely submissions; reviews evaluation reports to determine compliance with policies and procedures and recommends corrective actions on deficiencies to commanders, other leaders and rating officials; performs other duties prescribed by the commander; assists in the professional development of junior and company grade officer.

Provide routine daily care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities; obtain medical history from owners and/or handlers and measures and records animal vital signs; perform 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; maintain sanitary conditions for all components of the veterinary treatment facilities to include operating room and equipment; 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; perform routine diagnostic laboratory tests such as fecal smears, urinalysis, blood counts, and chemistries; records laboratory test result; takes and develops radiographs of designated animal body parts; initiates and maintains animal health records, immunization records, animal registration files, animal bite case reports, and other administrative office files; perform duties shown at preceding skill level; provide technical guidance, management, and training to junior personnel; performs advanced emergency medical procedures on animals such as triage, tracheotomy, burn and poison management, venous cutdown, and insertion of stomach tubes; operate mechanical respirators, heart monitors, and gas sterilizer apparatus; supervises non-appropriated fund activities, day-to-day operations, supply management and patient administration procedures; prepares budgets, trains handlers in emergency care of animals, and assists on research protocol teams; maintain clinical and organizational equipment; performs duties of and supervises the functions of preceding skill levels; develops and establishes standard operating procedures for operations of veterinary treatment facilities; assists in scheduling, conducting, and evaluating training of veterinary service enlisted personnel; coordinate procurement of high dollar value equipment; reviews, consolidates, and prepares technical reports; perform as a liaison for the veterinary officer to interact with installation medical authorities, installation commanders, and civilian agencies.

Performs duties of and supervises the functions of preceding skill levels; schedules, monitors, and evaluates the unit training program and maintains unit/individual training records; assist the commander in preparing, monitoring, and evaluating the unit operations plan; compiles and evaluates management and personnel data; review operations of veterinary service to ensure compliance with laws and regulations regarding humane care and treatment of animals; monitors laboratory animal procurement procedures and serves on laboratory animal protocol boards; provide technical assistance in planning, staffing, and modifying existing animal facilities; supports a variety of administrative and program related ancillary duties associated with installation and Major Subordinate Command operations; supervises large combined veterinary service units or serves on veterinary staff; coordinate veterinary service activities with all elements of Department of Defense organizations, veterinary staff elements, and subordinate organizations; participates in command review of subordinate unit activities, evaluates training programs, and provides recommendations for improvement; develop budgets, training schedules, and authorization documents; assists commander in strategic planning, risk management procedures, tactical communication plans, and advises commander on all issues involving enlisted soldiers.

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