Scott to open newly renovated veterinary clinic

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The newly renovated Scott Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility is scheduled to open Sept. 18.

With construction beginning in January of 2017, the vet clinic was gutted and renovated, said Staff Sgt. Gregory Beam, 375th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCOIC. The renovations added approximately 900 square feet to the existing structure.

“With this addition, it allows us the capabilities to see more clients with the proper amount of employees,” said Beam.

Beam said the new vet clinic will have three exam rooms versus the two it previously had. Additionally, the clinic will now have oxygen pumped into needed rooms for surgeries and dental procedures rather than small portable tanks, which will be beneficial towards the success of the procedures.

The new renovations also will allow the clinic to take care of the base’s working dogs, instead of sending them off to other locations, said Tonia Richter, Scott AFB veterinarian. The vet clinic will offer new services as well, including dental cleanings and growth removals.

Richter added that he looks forward to the new room, new state-of-the-art equipment, and offering new services and more appointments.

The mission of the vet clinic is to conserve the fighting strength through coordinated, full-spectrum food safety and defense, veterinary public health, and veterinary medical care supporting all Department of Defense organizations and federal agencies while ensuring soldiers are fully trained and mission ready to deploy in support of worldwide operations, said Richter.

The vet clinic on base currently offer clinics for ill patients and patients needing vaccines, annual check-ups, and routine testing.

Spays and neuters, x-rays, minor surgical procedures and dentals are performed in the clinic on a space available basis.