Veterinary Services

Monday-Wednesday & Friday 0830-1630
Closed Thursdays and all Federal and Training Holidays
Appointments 760-380-3025
After Hours Emergencies
760-217-3853

*For animal medical emergencies only. Report stray or dead animals to Military Police.
Public Health Activity – Hood, Fort Irwin Veterinary Branch
Here at the Fort Irwin Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF), we strive to provide the utmost in compassionate quality medical and surgical care for each of our patients. We are deeply committed to maintaining the human-animal bond and to affording all pets and their families the best possible quality of life.

We are located at 977 Critter Pathway behind Sgt Fuzzbuddy and across from the Commissary parking lot. Our hours of operation are: Monday-Wednesday & Friday from 0830-1630. We are closed on Thursdays for Soldier training. We are closed in observance of all Federal Holidays and from 1330-1630 on the last business day of every month for inventory.

Our clinic is a limited treatment facility, and as a courtesy to military family members, we offer routine examinations and vaccinations, laboratory diagnostics, radiology, surgery (including, but not limited to spaying and neutering), dental cleaning and care as appointments become available. All of the aforementioned services are by appointment only and all pets must be registered prior to receiving services.

Pet registration for on-post housing is completed on a walk-in basis. Please have your new housing address, duty assignment and pet medical records for complete registration. It is post policy for all privately owned animals to be micro-chipped. If your pet(s) needs to be micro-chipped, please bring them with you when you come in to register.

While we make every effort to see pets for both routine and urgent issues in a timely manner, the veterinarian is tasked with many other things which include, but are not limited to, providing veterinary care for all government owned animals, performing a variety of food inspection across Southern California, attending all required training as a Soldier/Army Officer, performing inspections at all animal facilities on Fort Irwin and MCLB, and lastly providing care for privately owned animals. Unfortunately, these various duties may cause our veterinarian to be unavailable for appointments in order to meet the current mission. Scheduled appointments are subject to change at a moment’s notice if our veterinarian is called away to support that mission.

We understand that due to its remote location, residents of Ft. Irwin (our customers) rely more heavily on the VTF here for extended veterinary services for their pets; we attempt to provide the best level of care possible with our limited resources in order to support this community. There will still be times when there is no Veterinary Corp Officer (VCO) on post or available, so residents of Ft. Irwin need to be aware that there will be times when it will be necessary to seek veterinary care at civilian veterinary clinics.

We have an after-hours emergency phone which can be called for threats to animal life, limb, or eyesight only. We reserve this service for emergencies where your animal cannot make it in time to be driven to an off-post veterinarian. It is at the veterinarian’s discretion of what constitutes a life-threatening emergency. We will do everything we can to stabilize your pet and we may recommend transporting him or her to another clinic as we do not provide 24-hour care/supervision in our facility. If the veterinarian is not on post, residents will once again need to seek care off post. The closest clinics are located in Barstow and the Victorville area. The closest emergency clinics are:

ABC Animal Clinic – Barstow, CA
(760) 256-3330
(Open 8am – 5pm & accepts after-hour emergency calls)

VCA Mesa Animal Hospital – Victorville, CA
(760) 245-0109
(Open until 6pm)

And

Animal Emergency Clinic – Victorville, CA
(760) 962-1122
(Open 6pm-8am)