By Sgt. 1st Class Qwentina Rideoutt, (PHCD-CP)January 11, 2016
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- The Fort Shafter Veterinary Treatment Facility is scheduled to re-open for business on January 19, 2016.
The Veterinary Treatment Facility has been closed for renovations for over a year.
During that time, patients have been seen at Veterinary Treatment Facilities at neighboring Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Marine Corps Base-Hawaii and Schofield Barracks.
The Fort Shafter renovation provides a much-needed modernization to a historic building that was in poor condition.
The end result is the construction of a modern facility with better capabilities to meet client needs.
Customers can expect improved patient flow, access to state of the art medical equipment, and improved full-service medical care for the district's military working dogs and privately owned animals from the surrounding military communities.
The Veterinary Treatment Facility also will serve as a training center for Army veterinarians and animal care specialists, and will allow for additional capacity for privately-owned animal care.
Expanded capabilities of the updated facility include short-term hospitalizations, x-rays, ultrasound, major surgical support, endoscopy/laparoscopy, laboratory services and dental care.
At maximum capacity, the facility can expect to accommodate 35-40 medical and surgical outpatient visits daily, five days a week.
Leaders say they hope the new facility will give customers an added confidence that they are bringing their animals to a place where they are going to get the best care possible.
"Our staff understands how important your pet is to you and with that in mind, we offer many types of routine care services for the pets of military families," said Maj. Francois Bates, Chief, FT Shafter Branch, Public Health Command District -- Central Pacific.
Starting January 11, 2016, pet owners can call 808-438-5231/5233 for appointments.
As a reminder to owners, all pets living on post must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility upon arrival.
Due to limited access to animal care availability, all pet owners are also strongly encouraged to establish civilian veterinary care for routine and emergency cases.
Hours of Operation:
0900-1600 M-W, F
Closed Thursdays and Federal Holidays
Location: Bldg. 435, Pierce Road, Fort Shafter, HI 96858