Veterinary student selected for competitive military scholarship program
In a room filled with friends, family, classmates, professors, and recruiting officers (one even joining via FaceTime), first-year veterinary student Daniel Fields was commissioned into the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. His father, U.S. Air Force Col. Marty Fields, stood with his son at the front of the room and proudly issued the oath of office.
“The size of the crowd today truly reflects the character of your class,” said Jay Kyle '88, DVM '93, associate director of student success and retired Veterinary Corps colonel. “It also reflects Daniel’s character.”
Fields was one of about 40 selected nationally for the highly competitive Health Professions Scholarship Program. The program covers tuition, fees, and some expenses during a student’s second through fourth year and requires additional coursework specific to the program.
“I spoke to a handful of current and former Army veterinarians, and no two individuals had the same story,” Fields said about why he applied for the scholarship. “One vet was stationed with Airborne Rangers, and found himself jumping out of planes. Another was more heavily involved in humanitarian missions, making several trips to different developing nations to help manage disease outbreaks and introduce modern medical practices to prevent them from reoccurring.”
Upon graduation, Fields will be promoted to captain in the Veterinary Corps and begin an internship that will prepare him for his first military assignment. He had always wanted to join the military, and the scholarship and internship gave him the best path to that goal.
“As the son of a servicemember, I know how difficult it can be at times to be a military dependent,” he said. “So it's incredibly meaningful for me to get to care for family pets and support the military families in that regard.”
Fields earned his undergraduate degree in biology and global health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with the goal of pursuing further education in human medicine. After realizing his passion for veterinary medicine, he spent five years working in a small animal general practice at Clarendon Animal Care in Arlington before joining the veterinary college's Class of 2026 last fall.
“I'd say that I'm most excited for the unknown that awaits me,” said Fields. “I'm excited to not only be able to continue my passion for small animal medicine, but also treat other animal species and pursue unique training and humanitarian opportunities that come my way.”