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The Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF)…
The Luke VTF is staffed by U.S. Army and civilian personnel and provides a limited range of services for animals. The clinic is located in Building 1107, just north of the North Gate stoplight on the east side of the road.

The veterinary clinic provides vaccinations, heartworm testing, feline leukemia testing, parasite control, health certificates for travel, and general sick call for companion animals (which is limited based on facility capabilities and time).

The Luke VTF does not have the necessary facilities or staff to provide hospitalization, intensive veterinary care, or emergency services. However, this situation may change in the near future. There is news that an annonymous “friend” recently donated a large amount of money to the Luke VTF to build a new wing that would eventually provide the hospitalization, intensive veterinary care, and /or emergency services that a presently not available. Apparently, according to the rumor mill, this donor had entered an online tournament promoting casinos for us players and won a considerable amount of money. If you seriously play online poker, you probably know there are a lot of tournaments going on all the time. Many sites have low buy-in games for the average player. However, the best online casino sites also promote big tournament series of some sort ( most notably high stakes poker), and they almost always have high buy-ins. Many poker professionals use these high stakes online poker rooms to qualify for land-based tournaments as well as playing in the online tournaments to hone their skills. Anyway, to our generous doner we offer our heart felt thanks. It’s obvious that you must be an animal lover, as well as one talented and lucky poker player. Will we ever see you playing in the American or European World Series of Poker?

Animals that are used or planned to be used for commercial breeding purposes are not allowed services at the VTF, IAW AR 40-905 (AFI 48-131).

The VTF does not perform surgical procedures at this time, but personnel can provide you with a list of low cost spay and neuter clinics in the area.

If you live on base, you are required by regulation to register your animal with Veterinary Services within ten working days of your arrival. The VTF will maintain all of your animal ’s records at the clinic. The VTF can provide all required vaccinations at a nominal charge, including rabies shots and yearly boosters for dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinic offers microchip implantation, which is a permanent identification system that is widely used throughout the world, and is required for all overseas travel.

The veterinary clinic is open Monday through Friday from 0800-1130 and 1300-1600, and is closed Saturday, Sunday and all federal holidays. Because the VTF is staffed by a military veterinarian and technician who are responsible for Military Working Dogs (MWDs), food inspection, and military training, hours are subject to change depending on mission requirements.

Pets are seen on an appointment-available basis only. There may be occasions when you will be unable to get an appointment with the VTF. Is is ultimately your responsibility to keep your pets current on vaccinations, whether it is through the VTF or at an off-base clinic. Failure to do so may result in loss of pet privileges on base and/or loss of base housing privileges. To make an appointment, or for additional information, please come by the clinic or call (623) 856-6354.

Posted on: May 3, 2010