Langley Air Force Base, VA – Army and Air Force officials made the transition to a new veterinary clinic official here Thursday.
The clinic replaces an aging cinder block building that provided few pet services.
“For the last 50, 60 years, we have been operating out of a clinic that just did not meet our needs,” said Lt. Col. Madonna Higgins, the Fort Eustis Public Health commander. “We can do everything in this new clinic.”
The new 2,700-square-foot clinic’s features – three exam rooms, a full dental suite, surgery room and radiology capabilities – expand on the simple vaccinations and minor routine procedures offered at the old location.
“This facility has been a long awaited treasure, it really has,” Higgins said.
The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversaw the construction of the $741,000 clinic on the historic base.
“We’ve given Langley a nice facility – a state-of-the-art facility – that can better serve the community,” said Kim Wilhelm, Norfolk District contracting officer’s representative.
The Army-staffed clinic, built to LEED-Silver standards, is available to Airmen and military retirees and performs veterinary care for the security forces’ working dogs here.