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Veterinary Service

The Veterinary Service performs food safety operations and inspections to ensure deployed forces receive the safest food and water available. They also care for military working animals and provide public health services during humanitarian assistance missions.

U.S. Army Maj. Thamus Morgan, a veterinarian with the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), demonstrates how to administer a taping device that determines the weight of cattle to a Ugandan veterinary care specialist working with the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) at a farm in Luwero, Uganda.


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Making the diagnosis for our furry friends, and more

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4/4/2018
Air Force Capt. Margaret James, 92nd Medical Group veterinarian treatment facility officer, positions military working dog, Oxigen, on her back during an x-ray exam at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

How military veterinary pathologists help animals, humans

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USNS Mercy deploys in support of Pacific Partnership 2018

Article
3/1/2018
The hospital ship USNS Mercy departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018, Feb. 23, 2018. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams)

Medical, dental, civil engineering and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation

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Civil Military Medicine | Civil Support | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Veterinary Service

The Department of Veterinary Science institutionalizes Global Health Engagement training

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1/25/2018
U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Officers discuss dog handler medical training and physical examination techniques with their Sri Lankan counterparts. (Photo Credit: LTC Matthew Levine)

The Department of Veterinary Science at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School. Health Readiness Center of Excellence, is driving change by preparing Veterinary Corps Officers to plan and execute GHE activities in support of Theater Security Cooperation

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Robot dog improves SOF medical practices

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1/10/2018
A multi-purpose canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, controls a laceration on a realistic canine mannequin during MPC medical training. During this training, MPC handlers practice applying canine medical aid on the new “robot dog” for the first time, which is in its final stages of testing and development. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryann K Whitley)

The development of the new “robot dog” came from SOCOM’s desire to improve the current medical training capabilities

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DHA-IPM 17-007: Humane Slaughter of Animals in DoD Programs

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), based on the authority of References (a) through (c) and in accordance with the guidance in Reference (d): Provides guidance and describes procedures for the humane slaughter of animals in DoD food procurement and survival training programs and details the tasks and procedures necessary to ensure humane slaughter and compliance with applicable DoD, Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; is effective immediately and will be incorporated into a Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction when DoD Directive 6400.04E (Reference (c)) is updated; will expire effective 12 months from the date of issue; and cancels DoD Veterinary Service Activity Policy Memorandum B-003 (Reference (e)).

  • Identification #: DHA-IPM 17-007
  • Date: 8/14/2017
  • Type: DHA Interim Procedures Memorandum
  • Topics: Veterinary Service

Sweltering ‘dog days’ of summer are no walk in the park for household pets

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7/11/2017
Dogs like Jade, shown relaxing in the shade in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, are more vulnerable than cats to heat hazards because they usually spend more time outside with their owners.

Heat and other summertime risks for pets

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Keep an eye on your pets this Fourth of July

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6/28/2017
People watch fireworks during a 2016 Fourth of July celebration at a park near Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Fireworks and barbecues may be fun ways for people to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they’re no picnic for household pets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin Rumbaugh)

Fireworks and barbecues may be fun ways for people to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they’re no picnic for household pets

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Army veterinarian reflects on unconventional journey to colonel

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6/2/2017
Just out of high school and unsure of what to do with his life, a young Ohio man went to a bus depot, handed a ticket agent almost everything in his pocket and said with a smile, “I’ll go wherever this takes me.”  So begins James “Nick” Koterski’s unconventional journey to Army colonel. (Courtesy photo)

Just out of high school and unsure of what to do with his life, a young Ohio man went to a bus depot, handed a ticket agent almost everything in his pocket and said with a smile, “I’ll go wherever this takes me.”

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One Health concept highlights collaboration as key

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1/24/2017
Given its nature and the potential for pandemics, flu is of particular concern regarding Force Health Protection and global health. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Esteven Baca, from the immunizations department at Naval Hospital Pensacola, administers a flu shot to Lt. Alison Malloy, Staff Judge Advocate for the Center for Information Warfare Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson)

Experts, including those at the Defense Health Agency’s Public Health Division, are integrating human medicine, animal health and environmental science to prevent and treat the flu, as well as other serious public health threats

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Surgical Soldiers get their paws dirty

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1/3/2017
Army Maj. Elizabeth L. Kassulke, an Emergency Room Nurse assigned to the 67th Forward Surgical Team, grimaces as MWD Lion leaps and grabs her sleeve. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Chris Angeles)

Military working dogs are treated with the same urgency as any other wounded Soldier, although they can present different challenges for surgeons, nurses, and medics who are primarily accustomed to human patients

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Veterinary Corps Soldiers work behind the scenes

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12/8/2016
Army Spc. Tyler Davis, Fort Lee Veterinary Services, uses a swab to test a food preparation area for bacteria at the Defense Commissary Agency store here recently. Davis, a veterinary food inspection specialist, is part of the effort that ensures food safety and security on installations all over the world. (U.S. Army photo by T. Anthony Bell)

The Army is the Department of Defense's subject matter expert on food safety and provides guidance regarding issues that impact the health of DoD personnel

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Veterinary Service | Health Readiness

DoD Directive 6400.04E: DoD Veterinary Public and Animal Health Services

Policy

This directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 6400.4 (Reference (a)) to establish policy and assign responsibilities for veterinary public and animal health services in accordance with the authority in DoDD 5136.01 (Reference (b))

  • Identification #: DoD Directive 6400.04E
  • Date: 6/27/2013
  • Type: Directives
  • Topics: Veterinary Service

Access to Medical Services Who were Exposed to Rabies in Combat Theater

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