Ellsworth VTF provides for four-legged Airmen

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  • By Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
The Army and civilian veterinarians at the Ellsworth Veterinary Treatment Facility are committed to providing annual examinations and vaccines for the 28th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, in addition to training the MWD handler's on basic first-aid.

"Our contribution to the mission of Ellsworth [Air Force Base] is through providing veterinary care for the military working dogs," said Army Capt. Katherine Scott, Ellsworth VTF officer-in-charge. "They are considered Airmen, so we ensure they are fit to do their duty every day, while also providing support for the deployment mission by making sure they are all up to date on their vaccines."

The VTF primarily cares for the nine MWDs assigned to Ellsworth. Accomplishing this and offering an affordable pet care option to active-duty servicemembers, National Guardsmen, reservists, retirees and Department of Defense personnel, allows Scott to pursue her passion.

"This job lets me do what I love to do, while also providing a way for people to have options when it comes to the health and well-being of their beloved pets," Scott said.

Located behind the Women, Infant and Children office, the clinic is equipped to serve approximately 150 patients a month. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the VTF, call (605) 385-1589.