Killeen: New Police, Military Partnership Increases Care For Stray Animals

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

KILLEEN (March 14, 2013)--The Killeen Police Department and Fort Hood’s 43rd Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support (MDVSS) announced a partnership Thursday that would improve the care of stray animals at the Killeen Animal Shelter.

The pilot program will give the 43rd MDVSS and civilian staff of the shelter joint training to provide medical and preventative care to military and civilian animals at home and overseas.

The partnership will allow the military veterinarians better training as they will have a consistent amount of animals to care for.

Also, animal shelter employees will be better equipped to treat animals that come into the shelter.

All training will be overseen by an Army veterinary corps officer and Killeen Animal Control Unit personnel.

Veterinary technicians are graduates of the Army 68T Veterinary Technician Course, a Killeen police spokesperson said.

Under the new partnership, physical exams, deworming, heartworm and parvovirus testing as well as minor treatment and the removal of embedded collars are all services that will be given to stray animals at the shelter.

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