Veterinary Technician

  • Job Reference: 00001439-1
  • Date Posted: 31 March 2021
  • Recruiter: The British Army
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Telford and Nationwide
  • Salary: £15,671 to £22,000
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Veterinary Technician

Animals – mostly dogs and horses – are an important part of Army life. As a Veterinary Technician, you take care of them alongside our highly skilled Army Vets. You work all over the world and deal with everything from injured search dogs to sick cavalry horses. You could be preparing an operating theatre one day and nursing hospitalized animals the next. It’s great experience which can help you get valuable qualifications, and a job if you return to civilian life. When you’re not building your skills and career, you’ll have time to enjoy sports and make some amazing friends.

Find where you belong.


If you want to be a Veterinary Technician, you'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.

You'll then progress to your trade training at the Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray. You'll learn veterinary nursing skills, military-dog-handling skills and how to manage veterinary equipment.


The Army will support and train you throughout your career, offering you considerable opportunities to develop your skills.


We'll be with you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. From the moment you begin your training you'll get all the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you'll soon get promoted, which means more responsibility and extra pay.

Become a Veterinary Technician and you’ll:

-              Earn £15,671 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your Unit, pay will rise to just over £22,000

-              Receive subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income

-              Receive free medical and dental health cover

-              Have the continuous access promotional opportunity and to continually progress your career

-              Be sponsored to earn valuable civilian-recognised qualifications

-              Take part in Adventurous Training and be able to play your favourite sports.


You should be:

  • Regular Army age: 16.6 – 35.6 years
  • Army Reserve age: New enlistments: 17.9 – 43 years Ex-Regular: 17.9 – 52 years Specialist (Soldier): 17.9 – 50 years


Qualifications you’ll need:

Four GCSEs Grade A - C / 9-4 including English Language, Registered as a Veterinary Nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


Fitness requirements:

  • Mid-Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m30s for Junior Entry)


Our next deadline for application is 31st March 2021, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.