LANDSTUHL, Germany (October 25, 2018) -- Public Health Activity-Italy is moving its Vicenza Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) into the U.S. Army Health Center-Vicenza on Caserma Ederle. A grand opening ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the new Vicenza VTF entrance.

Col. Rebecca Porter, Public Health Command Europe commander, will host the event, which will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a facility tour for visitors.

According to Public Health Command Europe officials, this is the first time a veterinary clinic will be co-located with a health clinic and dental clinic in the garrison environment.

"We have worked closely with the U.S. Army Health Clinic and the DENTAC teams to ensure a safe, convenient experience for our human patients as well as our four legged clients," said Lt. Col. Sarah Goldman, PHA-Italy commander.

The new VTF is moving into a former laboratory space on the first floor at the Health Center and all pets must enter through a separate entrance, located at the back of the Health Center across from the jump towers. Dedicated parking spots for VTF patrons are conveniently located by the VTF entrance, which will help prevent pets from entering the health or dental clinics. The previous VTF was located approximately 30 minutes from Caserma Ederle in Longare.

The new clinic has three large exam rooms, separate cat and dog waiting rooms, a state of the art surgical suite, an x-ray room, a kennel room, and a separate entrance for Military Working Dogs.

To honor military working dogs, one wall is designated as the "Military Working Dog Wall of Fame." The Vicenza Veterinary Treatment Facility ensures the readiness of our military working dogs and provides veterinary care for privately owned animals of Service members and their families. In addition to animal care services, Vicenza Branch veterinarians and Food inspectors conduct a number of missions to ensure food safety for our Warfighters and their families.