ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --
From annual examinations and vaccines to first-aid training for military working dog handlers, the Army and civilian veterinarians at the Ellsworth Veterinary Treatment Facility are dedicated to providing medical care for the base's MWDs.
When the work schedule permits and their primary mission requirements have been met, the VTF staff also provides services for military families and retirees who have pets.
"We contribute to the security of the base by providing medical care to the 28th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, ensure they are medically fit for duty, address emerging medical issues and prepare them for deployments," said Army Capt. Clinton Wayland, Ellsworth VTF officer in charge. "We also want people to know we are here and available to provide low-cost, high-quality care to animals."
In addition to medically caring for the MWDs, the facility provides preventive medical care such as annual checkups, vaccinations and sick-call services for animals who have anything from an ear infection to a stomach ache.
Active duty servicemembers, National Guardsmen, reservists and retirees have access to the services the treatment facility provides their furry or scaly friends.
"We also provide busy servicemembers with an affordable, low cost, local option for medical care for their pets, contributing to the health of our base pet population, and easing the financial burdens of our [servicemembers]," Wayland said. "We are also fully equipped for in-house lab work and to perform X-ray services."
Located behind the Women, Infant and Children office, the facility is equipped to serve more than 100 patients a month, with appointment availability ranging from same-day to the following week.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the veterinary treatment facility, call (605) 385-1589 or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/28fssVET