Fort Riley, Kansas



Facility offers low-cost wellness program for community pets

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | November 19, 2014

From vaccinations and microchipping to spaying or neutering, Fort Riley Veterinary Services offers a variety of wellness services for pets.

Department of Defense ID cardholders are eligible to use the facility, which usually charges less than off-post veterinarians, according to Capt. Peter Sullivan, branch chief, Fort Riley Veterinary Services.

Regular wellness appointments typically include annual vaccinations and prevention measures, such as heartworm medication or flea and tick repellent. Health certificates for travel and free registration for military families living on post are also available. Emergency care is offered through walk-ins and sick call appointments. Experienced staff also offer surgery and dental services on a regular basis.

While most patients are dogs and cats, the veterinarians will see some exotic animals as well. The facility can refer patients to off-post clinics in cases which involve rare animals or require more care.

For those who have trouble scheduling appointments during the week, Veterinary Services offers weekend appointments.

“The first Saturday of the month we have appointments in the morning,” Sullivan said. “That’s to accommodate people who aren’t able to make it through the week. We also remain open on most training holidays to make our services more accessible.”

Additionally, the Veterinary Services staff runs the Fort Riley stray animal program. Stray animals are boarded at the facility, which is open to the public for pet adoptions.

“Our staff has done a fantastic job with the Fort Riley stray animal mission,” Sullivan said. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of public support.”

Starting this holiday season, the facility will offer boarding for privately owned animals in the building’s kennel space.

Additionally, a renovation, which will increase services and improve layout, is scheduled to start next year.

“It’s going to make this a more efficient facility,” Sullivan said. “We will remain open during construction with minimal impact to our customers.”

The Veterinary Services team recently won the 2014 “Above and Beyond” Award from U.S. Army Public Health Command.

“We offer excellent service at an affordable price,” Sullivan said.

The facility is at Building 226 on Custer Avenue. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, call 785-239-3886. 
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