Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
As families prepare to come to Fort Leavenworth, it is important to know what needs to be done before traveling with a pet, said Maj. N. Chre Benton-Castagneto, Veterinary Treatment Facility Leavenworth branch chief.
For those incoming Command and General Staff College students who are Department of Defense ID card holders and know they would like to use the VTF for their veterinary needs, they can fill out the preregistration form found at https://home.army.mil/leavenworth/application/files/9415/8335/4680/Ft._Leavenworth_Pet_Pre-Registration.pdf.
Completed forms should be emailed to usarmy.leavenworth.medcom-mahc.mbx/vets@mail .mil.
Final registration will be July 16-24 at the college.
Upon arrival at Fort Leavenworth, to successfully transfer pet care to the VTF, all pet owners must provide a health certificate from a previous veterinarian, rabies titer and vaccine certificates and immunization records.
Health certificates must be obtained within 30 days if traveling by vehicle and 10 days if traveling by airplane.
For more information, check with state regulations and airlines.
“I recommend scheduling health certificate appointments and the rabies titer as early as possible,” Benton-Castagneto said. “The rabies titer can take up to two months.”
If a pet has only been cared for by a Department of Defense veterinarian, Benton-Castagneto said the medical records should transfer.
Veterinarian Capt. Steve Miller draws blood for a Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization test from School of Advanced Military Studies student Maj. Lanea Dertinger’s dog Harper, held by Veterinary Technician Jessica Mathys, March 16 at the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility. Dertinger will be PCSing with her pets to Hawaii, where a FAVN test, or rabies antibody titer, is required 30 days prior to travel.
For pets that have been cared for by a civilian veterinarian, Benton-Castagneto said students should obtain hardcopies of the records and digital copies of diagnostic procedures because they will not be transferable. If a pet has special needs, she said she also recommends obtaining hardcopies no matter what veterinarian has been providing care.
“I also recommend that they get about 90 days’ worth of meds just like they would if they were PCSing,” Benton-Castagneto said.
For those traveling from a location outside the continental U.S., requirements depend on the country, the animal to be transported and the type of transportation, Benton-Castagneto said. Pet owners are encouraged to consult with the local DoD veterinary services or visit www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pettravel.
When traveling OCONUS, the same documents — health certificate, rabies titer and vaccine certificates and immunization records — are required for all domestic animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. For equid animals, i.e., horses, consult with a local DoD veterinary facility.
Regarding coronavirus concerns, there have been no con-firmed cases of COVID-19 in animals, and the risk of the virus being transmitted from pet to human is considered minimal, Benton-Castagneto said.
For the most up-to-date information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.
For more information about the Fort Leavenworth VTF, call 684-6510 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.