Wondering what your life would look like if you go the HPSP route into the Veterinary Corps? This post describes the timeline of 12+ years of your life!
The commitment you make in the HPSP comes with seeing new places, meeting new people, doing and learning new things constantly.
The military lifestyle favors the adaptable, the optimistic, and the adventurous, and the Veterinary Corps is simply unlike anything civilian veterinary medicine has to offer.
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Over 100 applications from veterinary students all over the US are reviewed each year, but only about 30 are offered the scholarship.
If you were one of the fortunate few recipients of the HPSP scholarship, congrats! Welcome to a community of the most dedicated, hard-working, passionate, and patriotic veterinary students in the country. It is a pleasure to serve with you. Click "Read More" to find out what happens for you next.
Unfortunately, the Army is doing away with 2-year HPSP scholarships starting in 2017, meaning if there is no longer a chance to reapply if you were not picked this year. However, there are still ways to become an Army veterinarian without incurring the 8-year contract required by the scholarship! Around graduation time, talk to an AMEDD recruiter about non-HPSP options for joining the Vet Corps: there are Active Duty, Reserves, or civilian opportunities that you should consider. You will still be eligible for the Army HPLRP (health professional loan repayment program) to pay back your veterinary school loans!
This is a list of everything you need to complete for your HPSP application. Things may have changed since the date of this posting, so share this form with your recruiter to make sure you complete all necessary components. Your recruiter may have you sign forms in person, email you the forms, and set up online access for some of the forms. The recruiter will also take fingerprints, organize the dates for your MEPS appointment and OPAT, and assemble, finalize, and submit your application packet to the selection board.