SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- The West Sound Veterinary Facility aboard Naval Submarine Base (Subase) Bangor celebrated the grand opening of its new facility Feb. 24.
The Vet Facility moved from Buildings 1005 (the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society building) and 1006 (the old gym) to Building 1004 (the old Pass and ID building by Gate 1).
The new facility has an x-ray room and an operating room (OR) that has a viewing area, which gives veterinary students the chance to observe procedures without being in the OR. The facility also includes a recuperating room, three exam rooms that are equipped with scrub sinks and a laundry room in the basement area.
"We were able to do this on a shoestring budget. It would've cost us a lot more to do this through other military means," said Army Capt. Mark Chappell, officer in charge of West Sound Veterinary Facility. "We've turned the vet clinic into a medical clinic, which allows us to continuously serve our clients and still take care of Naval Submarine Base Bangor's military working dogs."
The remodeling of Bldg. 1004 for veterinary services has also increased the square footage available from 2,800 square feet in buildings 1006 and 1005 to 3,706 square feet, which will help increase the amount of patients who may be accommodated.
"With our limited capabilities at our old facilities, we were only able to see about 300 animals, but with this new facility, we will be able to see about 450 pets due to us having three exam rooms," said Army Spc. Amanda Gauthier, military technician.
According to Army Maj. Joseph Williamson, Commander, Pacific Northwest Veterinary District, the vet clinic is an important part of Subase Bangor.
"It's a valuable tool not just for the military working dogs, the pets and the food inspection team, but the community, as well. It's building a community spirit."
To make an appointment for your pet, contact the vet clinic at (360) 396-7900.
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