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Vet Clinic finishes renovations

Ribbon cutting of grand opening of vet clinic

The Veterinary Treatment Facility hosted an open house and a ribbon cutting event at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 9, 2020. The clinic hosted a tour showcasing all of the renovations, provided refreshments and food for the visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Remodeled hallway

The Veterinary Treatment Facility Clinic at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., reopened on March 9, 2020. The clinic provides two exam rooms, a treatment room, pharmacy, a new surgery suite and a new military working dog procedure room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Remodeled hallway with a tour of the facility

The Veterinary Treatment Facility at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., began renovations in April of 2019, and reopened March 9, 2020. There are equipment upgrades and new infrastructure, such as electrical components and new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

The Ellsworth AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility hosted a ribbon cutting event and an open house March 9.

“The Veterinary Treatment Facility hosted [the event] to show the renovations and new capabilities that the vet clinic provides to active duty and retired military members,” said U.S. Army Capt. Casey Barwell, the Ellsworth AFB veterinary section officer in charge.

The renovation to the vet clinic added new exam rooms, a treatment room, pharmacy, labs, surgery suite, military working dog procedure rooms and new X-Ray machines and ventilation.

The clinic’s mission is readiness, and adding an MWD procedure room ensures Barwell and her team can accomplish that mission. The room provides a separate area for military working dogs to be seen, while not taking away from appointments for personally owned pets of service members.

“This room makes sure military working dogs and personal pets do not interact with each other,” said Barwell. “This reduces the chance of possible diseases spreading between the working dogs and military members’ personal pets.”

For more information on the Veterinary Treatment Facility and services provided, call 605-385-1589.

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