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Veterinary Services

The U.S. Army is the Department of Defense's Executive Agent for Veterinary Service and provides animal care, food safety and defense, and research and development for all branches of the military. The Veterinary Corps operates four veterinary medical facilities on Oahu that provide services for pets owned by qualified patrons (DEERS enrollment).

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All pets are seen by appointment only. Appointment times vary depending on the facility, Fort Shafter Veterinary Activity (VETAC) and Marine Corps Base Hawaii Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) offer appointments Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Schofield Barracks VTF and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam VTF offer appointments Monday through Friday. All Oahu veterinary clinics are closed on Saturday, Sunday, Federal holidays and most training holidays (DONSAs), additionally they will have downgraded services on the last working day of each month due to inventory activities.

Services offered include routine sick-call appointments and well-patient exams with a focus on preventive medicine and wellness services such as vaccination, fecal testing, heartworm and infectious disease screening, health certificates and microchipping. All Oahu military facilities offer laboratory testing. Check for availability with the Fort Shafter VETAC and Schofield Barracks VTF for radiology services. Check for availability with the Fort Shafter VETAC and Schofield Barracks VTF for routine surgical procedures (spay, neuter, mass removal) and dental services on a space-available basis.

All services and products are associated with a fee to the pet owner that is due at the time services are provided. Fees are generally significantly lower than those charged by civilian veterinary practices.

All pet owners are strongly encouraged to establish civilian veterinary care due to the limited extent of Army veterinary services provided, including no emergency services.

The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps operates four veterinary medical facilities on Oahu:

Installation Building Number Phone Number
Fort Shafter 435 Pierce Rd 808-438-5231/5233
Schofield Barracks 936 Duck Rd 808-655-5889/5893
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 1864 Kuntz Ave (Hickam AFB) 808-449-6481
MCBH-Kaneohe 455 Pancoast Pl 808-257-3643

Visit Public Health Command for more information about U.S. Army Veterinary Corps clinics in Hawaii.

Ft Shafter VETAC Registration Form and Policy Letter

Command Policies

All the command policies can be found on Command Documents page. Specifically, the ones relating to pets are:

  • Installation 1: Discipline, Law and Order (Section F)
  • USAG-HI 35: Army Installation Microchip Program
  • USAG-HI 36: Prohibited Dog Breeds on Army Installations on Oahu
  • USAG-HI 43: Stray and Feral Animal Control
  • Pet Policy for Privatized Housing

External Resources

Hawaii Humane Society
2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, 808-946-2187

The Hawaii Humane Society has brochures about disaster preparedness, lost pets, barking dogs, dog-friendly beaches and parks, pet-friendly housing, foster care, feral cats, saying goodbye, pets and babys, neutering and much more.

Also check out its Akamai Pet Guide, with information on pet health, behavior, Oahu's pet-related laws and what services the Hawaiian Humane Society provides.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Pets

Can the Humane Society come on military bases and rescue animals, pick up feral cats and investigate cruelty?
Military base housing falls under federal jurisdiction and base access must be approved on an individual basis to enter these neighborhoods similar to HPD. Cruelty cases must be investigated in partnership with base authorities and military personnel who may be facing cruelty charges for acts committed in base areas must be prosecuted under their own penal system. We can provide investigative resources and case files. As with all Oahu neighborhoods, there is a charge for stray cat pick ups, which is a service funded entirely by these fees. Game wardens, base security and military citizens can bring stray animals to our shelter at no charge if their policy allows them to. Stray animals including feral cats can be dropped off at the Humane Society.

I am relocating to the mainland and can’t take my pet. Why does the Hawaiian Humane Society charge a fee to surrender pets?
The $25 fee is an important parting gift towards your pet's future care while he or she awaits adoption. In some cases, animals are with us for months while we try to find a family. Pets can be dropped off any time of day or night here.

How do I prepare for a natural disaster with a pet? Where do I find pet-friendly shelters?
On-post shelters will not be available to house military pets during an emergency. Ensure your family has prepared a disaster preparedness kit for pets, and you know a shelter where you can bring your pet during a hurricane or tsunami.

Where is the closest dog park?
Mililani Dog Park, is an off-leash dog park at Mililani Mauka District Park at Park & Ride, 95-1069 Ukuwai St., open during daylight hours every day, except Wednesday morning when it's closed for maintenance. Dogs are allowed Iliahi Neighborhood Park, 2021 California Ave., Wahiawa, if they are on a leash.


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