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Mission

The mission of the Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility is to provide the highest quality veterinary/medical care and preventive medicine to our military families and their pets at a reasonable cost.   Animal care services are provided for all active duty, as well as retired services members and their families.   A variety of services are authorized and are directed toward preventing, diagnosing and controlling infectious diseases.   All services for privately owned animals are provided on an appointment basis.

The Vet Facility is not equipped to handle:  emergencies, hospitalization, most surgeries, boarding, or grooming. The Veterinary Treatment Facility offers spay and neuter surgeries on a time available basis at the discretion of the Installation Veterinarian.

Facility Policies

  • All animals must be properly restrained. Pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier until otherwise instructed by a Veterinary Treatment Facility staff member.
  • If you fail to cancel your appointment with at least a 24-hour notice, you will be classified as a NO SHOW. After two “ No Show” appointments, all future appointments will be scheduled at the convenience and discretion of the Post Veterinarian.
  • Animals that are maintained for the purpose of breeding, for profit, or animals that are sold for profit are not entitled to services at the clinic.

Animal Bites

Any person bitten or scratched by an animal should report to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center or off post hospital for treatment and completion of an Animal Bite Report.  The offending animal is subject to a physical examination and 10-day quarantine by the attending veterinarian.

Animal Control

Animal owners in the Fort Meade Military Community fall under the FGGM Animal Control Regulation 40-22 and local laws regarding animal restraint, abuse, sanitation, numbers, and other issues. 
Maximum of two pets, dogs or cats, in any combination are authorized per household.  Caged birds, caged hamsters and guinea pigs, and fish, may be kept if such pets do not present a threat to health or property.  Owners living on-post are responsible for ensuring compliance with all Picerne Housing regulations concerning pets in on-post housing.
The following pets are prohibited in Housing:  Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chows and wolf hybrids.  Exotic animals such as, but not limited to, reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids, or any farm animals are not allowed.

All pets on post must be kept under control at all times. Pets must be kept indoors or secured on the owner's premises. Pets may be secured with a tether or a chain no longer than 15 feet in length or may be kept in a fenced area within the owners promises. If animals are tethered or chained they must be limited to a boundary not less than four feet from common user rights-of-way (e.g. sidewalks, streets). They must not be secured to trees, shrubbery, or any government property.

Owners must provide proper shelter from the weather when housing animals outdoors. The shelter shall be a moisture-proof and windproof structure. The size must accommodate the entire body of the pet to allow it to stand up, turn around, and allow retention of body heat. The shelter must be made of durable material with a solid floor raised at least two inches from the ground. The entrance shall be covered by a flexible windproof material, self-closing swinging door, or wind baffle.

Animals kept outdoors must be provided shelter, fresh water, and food.  All cases of suspect animal abuse or neglect will be investigated by the Fort Meade Police and the Installation Veterinarian. Owners keeping animals under inhumane conditions may be refused the right to keep animals on post and may be subject to UCMJ action under article 134. It is the owner's responsibility to locate escaped animals. Animal control will not search for your animal for you.
Fort Meade police Desk Number:   301-677-6622

Children in the facility

We have a small waiting room that is often full of cats and dogs together--an environment in which children may be at high risk of being injured.   Children are allowed in our facility at the discretion of the VTF staff; if the waiting room is full, or you unable to control your animal or your children, you may be asked to reschedule.   Parents need to be aware that the VTF is also used to examine Military Working Dogs, and that they occasionally will be present in the waiting area.  Parents must maintain control of their children at all times to ensure safety.

PCSing Overseas

Contact the VTF as soon as you are notified that you are PCSing to find out what your pet needs prior to departure. *Be sure to ask about shipping and quarantine requirements; some countries have strict import requirements and may require more than six months preparation time to ensure that all requirements can be met and health certificates issued on time.*
Please call in advance to schedule appointments for required testing, vaccinations, microchipping and health certificates.  Remember to pick up your pet's records when PCSing to your next duty station.  If you no longer own the pet please notify the VTF so your record can be properly disposed of.

Price List

(as of January 15, 2010) *prices subject to change

EXAM FEE:
  • Wellness with a Veterinarian: $25
  • Wellness Screening with a Technician: $10

A $2 DOD User Fee is added to each sales transaction.  This transaction fee is mandated by Congress.

 

CANINE SERVICES:
  • Rabies $10
  • Canine Distemper/Parvo: $15
  • Canine Bordetella $18
  • Heartworm Test: $25
  • Fecal $15
  • Lepto: $15
  • K9 Influenza: $15
  • Lyme: $18
FELINE SERVICES:
  • Rabies: $10
  • Feline Leukemia: $18
  • Feline Distemper: $15
  • FELV/FIV/HW Test: $30
  • Fecal: $15
  • Deworming Pyrantel Pamoate: $10
OTHER SERVICES:
  • MICROCHIP $25

ALL SERVICES MUST BE PAID FOR IN FULL AT TIME SERVICES ARE RENDERED. THERE ARE NO PAYMENT PLANS OR DISCOUNTS.   We accept cash, check or MasterCard/Visa.

Registration

All dogs and cats over 3 months of age residing on Fort Meade must be registered with the VTF within 10 days of arrival. Owners must present military identification and proof of rabies vaccination.  All dogs and cats must also have a subcutaneous microchip for identification.  Microchipping is available at the VTF by appointment.  Current rabies vaccination on all pets is a Maryland State law.

Stray Policy

The Fort Meade VTF no longer operates a stray facility on post.  All issues regarding stray animals are handled by the Fort Meade Police and Animal Control.  Animals found unattended, running free, or not under control of the owner will be reported to the Fort Meade Police Desk, (301) 677-6622.  During normal duty hours, the Animal Control Officer will apprehend the animal and attempt to contact the owner.  If no owner is located, the animal will be delivered to the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter.  If after duty hours, the animal will be detained overnight.  Owners are responsible for all Anne Arundel County impoundment/vaccination fees and policies before release.   Aggressive animals or animals suffering severe injuries may be euthanized at the discretion of the Veterinarian rendering care.

Referral Clinics

In the event of an emergency, owners are advised to seek civilian veterinarian care.  The Fort Meade VTF or U.S. Army Veterinary Command does not make direct referral or endorsement to any establishment.  The numbers listed below are near Fort Meade:

Veterinary Clinics Phone:
24H Emergency Animal Hospital of Ellicott City 410-750-1177
24H Anne Arundel Emergency Clinic, Annapolis 410-974-6306
Odenton Veterinary Hospital, Odenton 410-674-3266
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital, Laurel 301-776-7744
Severn Square Animal Hospital, Severn 410-551-3702
Telegraph Road Animal Hospital, Severn 410-551-3100
Boarding Kennels Phone:
PET CARE CENTER, FT MEADE 301-677-4059
Fieldstone Animal Inn 410-647-6516
Noah’s Ark, Millersville 410-969-0100
Country Critters, Glen Burnie 410-787-9592
Cozy Canine Camp, Crownsville 410-923-2010
Animal Shelters Phone:
Anne Arundel Animal Control, Millersville 410-222-8900
Howard County Animal Control, Columbia 410-313-2780
SPCA of Anne Arundel, Annapolis 410-268-4388
Maryland SPCA, Baltimore 410-235-8826
Humane Society of Baltimore, Reistertown 410-833-8848
Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs Phone:
Animal Advocates of Howard County 410-880-2488
Animal Welfare Society, Columbia MD 410-465-4350
Humane Society of Baltimore County 410-833-4480
Spay Spa & Neuter Nook 443-607-6496

Links

Anne Arundel Animal Control:  http://www.aacounty.org/AnimalControl/

Army Regulation 40-905:  Veterinary Health Services  www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r40_905.pdf

USDA Guidelines for traveling overseas with pets: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel_websites.shtml

US Army Veterinary Command: http://vets.amedd.army.mil/vetcom

Keeping Your Pet Healthy

When taking your pet to an Army veterinary clinic after January 1st, 2010, you may notice that the more routine veterinary services like basic de-worming, micro-chipping, fecal flotation and vaccinations will now be grouped into “Wellness Packages.”

A “Wellness Package,” explains MAJ Rebecca Evans, Chief of VETCOM’s Future Operations, “will provide comprehensive preventative medical care that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs and stage of life.”

COL David S. Rolfe, Commander of the Veterinary Command (VETCOM), says “the veterinary profession is shifting from vaccination-driven appointments towards wellness-driven appointments.” The intent is to emphasize routine wellness examinations and interaction with a veterinary health care professional instead of vaccinations as the reason for a visit to the veterinary clinic. “VETCOM will embrace this effort to provide the best care to our patients and support to our clients through comprehensive disease prevention, early diagnosis of any problems and appropriate treatment.”

The standardization of these services will parallel the veterinary profession’s move toward wellness, promote public health, and provide consistency in veterinary care. There will be a re-structuring in the fee schedule, but the goal continues to be high quality care at the lowest cost. Fees will be the same for all clients and at all military veterinary treatment facilities. You can take comfort in knowing that the DOD Veterinary Service is doing everything they can to keep your Family and your pets healthy for a lifetime.

 

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