Killeen PD, Ft. Hood team up to improve care of strays

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:34pm

The Killeen Police Department Animal Control Unit and Fort Hood 43rd Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support (MDVSS) are partnering to improve the care of stray and feral animals while at the Killeen Animal Shelter.

A pilot program has been initiated in order to facilitate the joint training of the military veterinary personnel of the 43rd MDVSS and the civilian staff of the Killeen Animal Control Unit, to improve the quality of care of those animals brought into the Killeen Animal Shelter.

The mission of the 43rd MDVSS is in part to provide veterinary preventive care and animal medicine to military and civilian animals in support of domestic and overseas operations. Because they do not have a veterinary clinic or an assigned population of animals to care for, it limits their access to animals for training. It is the mission of the Killeen Animal Control Unit to pick up stray animals, care for sick or injured animals and to assist in animal adoptions.

The goal of this pilot program is to provide opportunities for the soldiers (Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians) from the 43rd MDVSS and the Killeen Animal Control Unit staff by sharing resources. The soldiers will be provided with an opportunity to maintain their proficiency in veterinary care and to provide the staff of the Animal Control Unit with additional support in caring for the animals taken in by the shelter. The services that will be provided to the stray or feral animals, with no known owners, will include a physical examination, vaccination, deworming, heartworm and parvovirus testing as well as minor wound treatment, treatment of minor emergencies and removal of imbedded collars.

All training will be overseen by an Army Veterinary Corps Officer with a Texas Veterinary License on file and Killeen Animal Control Unit personnel. The veterinary technicians are graduates of the Army 68T Veterinary Technician Course.

“This Fort Hood partnership is yet another example of how the City of Killeen and Fort Hood work together to improve our community. We applaud the military veterinary personnel of the 43rd Medical Detachment for their efforts in helping us provide a higher level of care for the animals at the City shelter,” said Chief Dennis Baldwin.


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