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Scott Vet Clinic honors military working dog Satin in ribbon cutting ceremony

Satin, a military working dog, passed away Aug. 25, 2017, after serving his entire career at Scott. Satin was honored at the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Vet Clinic on base.
Satin, a military working dog, passed away Aug. 25, 2017, after serving his entire career at Scott. Satin was honored at the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Vet Clinic on base.

Although the newly renovated Vet Clinic opened for business in September, its official ribbon cutting ceremony occurred Dec. 15, which honored one of Scott’s Military Working Dogs, Satin.

Satin passed away Aug. 25, 2017, after serving his entire career at Scott from 2010 to 2016. During this time he served in multiple overseas deployments wherein he detected explosives to protect military personnel and communities. Satin also served in multiple operations involving the protection of former President Barack Obama and other high-level government officials.

With the addition of a new surgical room, the clinic is better suited to provide lifesaving care, both as planned procedures and in emergency situations for the installation’s working dogs. The additional exam room and space allows the clinic to operate more efficiently and increases the number of patients that can be seen.

Capt. Aaron Smith, 375th Medical Support Squadron Medical logistics flight commander

Capt Aaron Smith, 375th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics Flight Commander, explained that the nine-month long renovation of the clinic made it possible to improve care and services for military working dogs like Satin and many privately owned pets in the Scott community.

“With the addition of a new surgical room, the clinic is better suited to provide lifesaving care, both as planned procedures and in emergency situations for the installation’s working dogs,” Smith said. “The additional exam room and space allows the clinic to operate more efficiently and increases the number of patients that can be seen. The clinic also plans to hire an additional technician, further increasing their ability to provide full spectrum veterinary care.”

Army Staff Sgt. Gregory Beam, the Vet Clinic NCOIC, said, “Maintaining the health of our working dogs has a direct impact on their deployment readiness and ensures they are protected from as many diseases as possible.”

The clinic serves nearly 4,000 privately owned pets and military working dogs from Scott AFB, which keeps them busy throughout the year.

For Lt. Col. Resch, 375th Security Forces Squadron commander, there are additional benefits.

“In case of emergencies we have immediate response on base, and the clinicians are familiar with our dogs and the unique care they need,” he said. “We can now avoid the lengthy trip to Fort Knox, Kentucky (where we used to get these services). This will ensure minimal down time for our K-9s when they need medical or dental services.”

Even more, Resch said the facility offers a better environment for when handlers train with their dogs on self-aid buddy care.

For privately owned pets, they provide care for ill patients and those needing vaccines, annual check-ups, and routine testing. Spays and neuters, x-rays, minor surgical procedures and dentals are also performed in the clinic on a space available basis.

The clinic serves nearly 4,000 privately owned pets and military working dogs from Scott AFB, which keeps them busy throughout the year.

We’re grateful for the association we have with the vet clinic at Scott and for the U.S. Army veterinary staff from Fort-Knox. They are a huge part of our success to ensure the health of our working dogs so we can ensure the safety and security of Scott AFB and enhance our ability to enable rapid global mobility.

Lt. Col. Andrew Resch, 375th Security Forces Squadron commander

Resch added, “We’re grateful for the association we have with the vet clinic at Scott and for the U.S. Army veterinary staff from Fort-Knox. They are a huge part of our success to ensure the health of our working dogs so we can ensure the safety and security of Scott AFB and enhance our ability to enable rapid global mobility.”

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