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Soldiers of the 168th Medical Detachment of Veterinary Support Services, located on Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, conduct a mission to capture different creatures in Kuwait, in order to study them for diseases and any other medical dangers they may possess that could threaten our force. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Evan Anderson)
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Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services 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.

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Feb 20, 2024

Dover AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility, Warm Zone Team Conduct Decontamination Training with MWDs

U.S. Army Capt. Alicia Bailey, right, Dover Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility officer in charge, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Burns, 436th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, demonstrate decontamination techniques on Military Working Dog Zorro during a training session at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Jan. 10, 2024.

Members of the Dover Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility, 436th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog section, and the 436th Medical Group Warm Zone Team held a training session on January 10, 2024, to practice the skills necessary to properly decontaminate MWDs and possibly save their lives in the aftermath of a nuclear, biological ...

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Feb 16, 2024

Newest Pacific Veterinary Treatment Facility Enhances Care, Strengthens Partnerships in Japan

Noncommissioned officer-in-charge, U.S. Navy Staff Sgt. Ryan Spach, examine military working dog Jutas from the Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Kennels, Japan. Jutas made history as the very first patient at the newly opened Sasebo veterinary treatment facility following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 18, 2024. (Courtesy Photo)

Despite intermittent downpours and cloudy skies, a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation filled the air as the Public Health Command-Pacific, Veterinary Readiness Activity, Japan and Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo leadership came together on January 18, 2024, to celebrate the opening of the newest veterinary treatment facility in the Pacific.

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Aug 1, 2023

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Celebrates Dog Days of Summer

Piper, an English Bulldog, loves sleeping and cuddling with her human, Carmen Rutledge, a military health assistant with managed care at BJACH.  (Photo: Carmen Rutledge)

“Dogs are like little mood boosters in hospitals,” said U.S. Army Capt. James Walker, hospital chaplain of Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital. He submitted a photo of his dog, Scout, to participate in DHA's Dog Days of Summer campaign, which raises awareness of facility dogs across the MHS. Everyone, including the hospital and dental commander, and ...

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Jul 17, 2023

Robot Dog Prepares Medics

U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Gabrielle Schrader, a veterinary service officer with the 422nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), demonstrates how to properly check for obstructions in the airway on ‘Diesel’, an animatronic dog used to simulate realistic training, to U.S. Navy medical personnel during Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) and Global Medic on Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 11, 2022. This demonstration was part of a joint branch training to prepare medical personnel throughout hospitals to treat and care for military working dogs. (U.S. Army Reserve photo: Spc. Veronica Hamilton)

“Diesel,” an animatronic dog used to simulate realistic care for military working dogs, assists medical personnel to treat and care for military working dogs.

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Jul 17, 2023

Clear Vision, Wet Noses

Senior Airman Joseph Fox, 22nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and military working dog Sani stand outside the veterinary clinic at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas May 30, 2023. A team of ophthalmologists from Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center visited McConnell, where they provided free eye exams for military working dogs. (U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman Gavin Hameed)

A team of ophthalmologists from Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center visited McConnell Air Force Base, where they provided free eye exams for military working dogs.

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Jun 15, 2023

U.S. Army Conducts Tests of Veterinary Anesthesia Apparatus on Military Working Dogs

A U.S. Army veterinary technician cleans the teeth of a military working dog while the animal is sedated by a veterinary anesthesia apparatus. The apparatus was being tested by the U.S. Army Medical Test and Evaluation Activity at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The U.S. Army Material Development Agency oversaw the testing of the anesthesia apparatus.. (Photo: Jose Rodriguez, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence)

The U.S. Army Medical Test and Evaluation Activity conducted a test of a veterinary anesthesia apparatus for the U.S. Army Material Development Agency on April 19. The test was conducted at the Holland Military Working Dog Hospital located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The 43rd Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support from Fort Cavazos, ...

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Jun 1, 2023

Preparing your Pet for a Permanent Change of Station Move

Dr. (Maj.) Meghan Louis, Director of Veterinary Services at Public Health Command-Pacific, greets chocolate lab Sadie, prior to her appointment at Fort Shafter Veterinary Treatment Facility. (Photo by Kathryne Gest, U.S. Army Pacific Public Health Command)

U.S. Army Maj. (Dr.) Meghan Louis, Director of Veterinary Services at Public Health Command-Pacific, explains how U.S. Army veterinarians are critical in providing the necessary documents for travel and are committed to providing expert advice, based on scientific knowledge, on animal health and welfare when it comes to traveling with pets.

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Mar 10, 2023

Military Dog Handlers Test Skills in K-9 First Aid Exercise

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Siltman, right, a military dog handler at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, treats wounds on a life-like animatronic dog during a K-9 tactical combat casualty care exercise at Sagami General Depot, Japan, on Feb. 24. (Photo by Sean Kimmons, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs)

You've heard of simulated battlefield exercises for treating wounded soldiers, but what about their canine counterparts who accompany warfighters into battle? Find out about the tactical trainings for efficient care and evacuation of wounded military working dogs.

Last Updated: August 04, 2023
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