FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility is having a facelift.

On Dec. 5, a contractor began repairing the facility's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, with an emphasis on duct cleaning and an electrical upgrade.

Sometime next year, cosmetic renovations will begin with the installation of a new tile floor and carpeting, as well as new ceiling tiles and fresh paint. New interior doors also will be installed.

The center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purchase of pet care products and, by appointment only, for sick calls and vaccinations.

The facility's hours should remain the same during the renovations. Any changes will be included in the center's phone greeting and will be posted on a sign on the front door.

The center, which operates under the auspices of the U.S. Army Public Health Command-Command District Fort Belvoir, Va., is responsible for providing health care services for military working dogs and government-owned animals. The staff of veterinarians also work to control diseases that are communicable from animals to humans.

The facility also provides health care for the pets of active-duty service members, family members and retirees. These services include annual exams, vaccinations, heart worm tests and allergy testing.

The center, which also provides microchipping and health certificates for animals' overseas travel, no longer maintains a stray/adoption facility.

A valid military ID is required for all services.

"Regular, on-time vaccinations are important," said Sgt. Crystal Finder, the facility's noncommissioned officer-in-charge. "We make sure pets are healthy and that they are safe to be around the general public on base."