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United States Army
Corner of T.J. Mills Blvd and Legends Way
Copeland Soldier Service Center, Building 18010
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
All Fort Hood pets three months of age and older must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility, within seven days of initial arrival and annually thereafter.
Moving with your pet includes researching airline requirements and importation laws in your new location. Many airlines have requirements for animal size, weight, or breed, number of animals, kennel construction, documentation and season they allow animals to travel in. Contact the airline for specifics. Military flights may have space for small pets, but availability and regulations frequently change. Contact your local Personal Property Office to request specific country instructions. Military OneSource can make your move easier with helpful tips, resources and hands-on information related to moving with pets and more.
There are strict importation laws in many international and domestic locations. This may include extended quarantines, restrictions on breeds or types of animals, and requirements for testing. Carefully research these rules as they could affect your moving schedule or ability to PCS with your pet. At a minimum, a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian is always required. As a pet owner, you are solely responsible for ensuring your pet meets the travel requirements. As soon as you know your travel details, immediately contact your veterinarian for information. Preparation for some countries can take up to 6 months! Additional resources for animal import and export requirements are on the UDSA APHIS Pet Travel website (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/pet-travel-home-page) and in your destination installation's Shipping Pets article.
CDC Import Permit
1. Beginning 14 July, CDC will ban importation of canines from high risk rabies countries listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/high-risk.html
2. A summary of import changes can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dog-importation-changes.html
3. Instructions for completing an import application can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/apply-dog-import-permit.html
Please go to Fort Hood Publications for more information on the Animal Breed Ban and other policies regarding pets in Fort Hood housing. Refer to Fort Hood Regulations 40-5 and 210-48.
For information on local kennels please call 254-287-2823 or 254-553-9090.
Veterinary Services is located in Building 4909 on Engineer Drive just west of 80th Street.
Hours of Operation:
The Fort Hood Veterinary Center (VETCEN) provides high quality and economical medical care to animals in order to protect public health. We also provide zoonotic disease prevention to the Fort Hood military community. Our goal is to provide expedient, friendly, and readily accessible veterinary services to authorized military beneficiaries. For information on local kennels please call 254-287-2823 or 254-553-9090,
Policies and Procedures
Please go to the Fort Hood Publications website for more information on the Animal Breed Ban and other policies regarding pets in Fort Hood housing. Refer to Fort Hood Regulations 40-5 and 210-48.
Pet owners must register their dogs and cats at the VETCEN prior to signing into on-post housing and within 5 days of acquiring a new pet. To be registered, pets must comply with on-post requirements (see below) by completing services at the VETCEN or providing medical records from another military or civilian veterinary facility.
Fort Hood requires all equids be quarantined 10 days prior to stabling on-post. Please contact the VETCEN prior to arrival to schedule the quarantine. Requirements for initiating quarantine include:
*Required by on-post housing.
**There is a $35 examination fee charged per appointment (wellness, sick call, or health certificate).
***There is a preanesthetic assessment exam per patient, to include routine bloodwork
Prices may vary and are subject to change.
***** The Fort Hood Veterinary Center reopened the lobby of the facility on 15 March 2021. The waiting area is available for clients to enroll new pets, clear accounts, make purchases, appointment check-in and to refill medications. The Veterinary Center will continue to utilize curbside protocol for appointment check-in; clients will be given the option to accompany their pet to the exam room or to remain in their vehicle. One adult client will be permitted in the exam room, and masks are required in the building. ******