Changes coming to pet care April 1

Dr. Sandra Brosig, Schweinfurt Veterinarian, examines a patient.

Dr. Sandra Brosig, Schweinfurt Veterinarian, examines a patient.

A decrease in population at USAG Schweinfurt is forcing more changes to garrison services. The on-post vet clinic is subject to those changes too, forcing us to adjust our available services to reflect both our manpower and the community.

Hi Schweinfurt, this is CPT Andrew Schrader, Officer in Charge of the Schweinfurt Veterinary Treatment Facility. I want to reassure you that the vet clinic will remain open until May 30, 2014. However, an important change is going into effect at the clinic on April 1, 2014. Between now and this date we will be providing basic services, such as administering vaccines, filling prescriptions and treating minor illnesses.

After April 1, we will no longer be able to provide services that require a monetary transaction. This means we will not be able to provide treatments, prescriptions or vaccinations, including those that are required for a PCS.

Schweinfurt's Vet Clinic will remain open with limited services until May 30, 2014.

Schweinfurt’s Vet Clinic will remain open with limited services until May 30, 2014.

Health certificates will still be provided, and appointments will continue to be made for these exams. The community should stock up now on flea/tick and heartworm preventatives before April 1, as they will no longer be available after this date.

All pet owners should make sure their pets are current on vaccinations prior to April 1, 2014. After this date, vaccines will only be available at off-post veterinarians, or at the Ansbach/Katterbach Veterinary Clinic or the Vilseck Veterinary Clinic. These facilities will be available to provide veterinary services to the Schweinfurt Community. A list of veterinary clinics on the economy in and around Schweinfurt can be found here.

We will continue to do our part to prevent pet abandonment, and you can help too. Read my “No pet left behind” to learn more.

Soldiers with pets PCSing to England, Japan, Korea or Hawaii have special requirements and need to contact the vet clinic for further information and handouts.

Pet owners are encouraged to pick up their pet’s veterinary records sooner rather than later.  After the clinic’s closure date of May 30, records that have not been picked up will be transferred to the Ansbach/Katterbach Veterinary Clinic.

Planning ahead to accommodate these service changes and making sure your pet is up to date on their immunizations can help ensure that your move from Schweinfurt is smooth. And if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the USAG SchweinfurtVeterinary Clinic at DSN 353-8359, CIV 09721-96-8359.


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