Australian Army Veterinary Corps

The Australian Army Veterinary Corps (AAVC) was a corps of the Australian Army which was formed in 1909 to replace the veterinary department of the Commonwealth Military Forces. Following the establishment of a number of permanent artillery batteries and a remount department to supply them with horses, a permanent section of the AAVC was formed in 1911. Responsibilities included veterinary care of horses and the training of farriers and non-commissioned officers in shoeing, horse care and veterinary first aid. During the First World War 120 officers of the AAVC served overseas with the Australian Imperial Force. However, due to the effect of mechanisation there was only a limited role for specialised veterinary services during the Second World War. The corps was disbanded in 1946.[1]

Australian Army Veterinary Corps
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Country Australia
RoleVeterinary medicine
EngagementsFirst World War
Second World War

Current veterinary services within the Australian Army are provided by members of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.



  • Dennis, Peter; Grey, Jeffrey; Morris, Ewan; Prior, Robin; Bou, Jean (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (Second ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195517842.

Further readingEdit

  • Tyquin, Michael (2011). Forgotten Men: The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909–1946. Newport: Big Sky Publishing. ISBN 9780980814088.