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.

Veterinary Technician Jessica Mathys holds cat Lillie Belle as Veterinarian Capt. Steve Miller draws blood for a Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization test, which measures the pet’s immune response to rabies, March 16 at the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility. School of Advanced Military Studies student Maj. Lanea Dertinger will be PCSing with her cat Lillie Belle and dogs Hank and Harper to Hawaii, where a FAVN test, or rabies antibody titer, is required for pets 30 days prior to travel. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

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 examines School of Advanced Military Studies student Maj. Lanea Dertinger’s cat Lillie Belle during an appointment March 16 at the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility. Dertinger will be PCSing to Hawaii, where a Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization test, which measures a pet’s immune response to rabies, is required for pets 30 days prior to travel. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

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 usarmy.leavenworth.medcommahc.mbx/vets@mail.mil.

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 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. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp


Veterinarian Capt. Steve Miller holds a blood sample drawn from a dog March 16 at the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility. The dog will be moving with his active-duty military family to Hawaii, where a Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization test, which measures the pet’s immune response to rabies, is required 30 days prior to travel. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp
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. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

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