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Scott Veterinary Clinic is a valuable resource for pet owners

Military Working Dog "Brit" during routine inspection of the Military Working Dogs section. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Military Working Dog "Brit" during routine inspection of the Military Working Dogs section. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Shelley Thompson, Veterinarian Clinic vet technician, prepares a vaccination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Shelley Thompson, Veterinarian Clinic vet technician, prepares a vaccination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Dr. Tanya Seckman, Veterinarian Clinic Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, prepares to administer a vaccination to 13 week-old Chocolate Lab "Buddy". (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Dr. Tanya Seckman, Veterinarian Clinic Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, prepares to administer a vaccination to 13 week-old Chocolate Lab "Buddy". (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Sandra Lamelin, Veterinarian Clinic veterinarian technician, performs administrative duties as she checks records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

Sandra Lamelin, Veterinarian Clinic veterinarian technician, performs administrative duties as she checks records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marv Lynchard)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Whether you prefer man's best friend, furry feline or maybe something more exotic, the Veterinary Clinic is here to serve pet owners of Scott Air Force Base.

The mission of the Veterinary Clinic is to provide high quality medical support, low cost service, pet ownership tips and much more to small animal owners.

"While we no longer do surgical procedures here we offer routine vaccinations, de-worming, rabies vaccination and the distemper shot to name a few," said Spc. Margaret Wells, Veterinary Clinic animal care specialist. "

One of the main focuses of the Veterinary Clinic besides vaccinations is microchip of the pets for on-base residents.

A pet microchip is a small computer chip that contains a one-of-a-kind identification number. It is the size of a grain of rice, and is placed between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic needle.

"The pet microchip is mandatory for all those living on base and its purpose is to help reunite lost pets with their owners," said Specialist Wells.

In addition to microchipping, the Veterinary Clinic also offers a wide-range of health services to pets.

"We offer a variety of literature to help in proper pet ownership, laboratory testing and health certificates," said Specialist Wells. "If additional services are needed such as surgical procedures we refer folks to local area veterinarians."

For those getting ready to move with a pet, the Veterinary Clinic has various packets of information to help ease the transition and keep the family together.

"When servicemembers move overseas there is a lot of paperwork involved to bring their pet with them," said Specialist Wells. "We encourage folks to come in four months in advance to start their paper work for an overseas move."

Current and future pet owners alike the Veterinary Clinic on Scott is a valuable resource tool. For more information, visit the Veterinary Clinic in Building 856 or call 746-2168.