Francis Horton, The Real McCoy Contributor
MCCOY, Wis. ó The Soldiers of the 422nd Medical Detachment
(Veterinarian Services) worked with the 325th Combat Support Hospital
(CSH) to keep Soldiers and animals healthy during Global Medic 2009
Spc. Tasha Martin, a veterinarian
technician with the 422nd, prepares a dog for X-rays. (Photo
by Spc. Francis Horton)
are two missions for vets ó food sanitation and veterinarian
services," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vincent R. Campbell,
senior veterinarian technician with the 422nd.
to be considered for food sanitation are the source of the food, the
maintenance of the machinery used to prepare it, and the
transportation from source to site, he said.
form of force protection is vital to the military. If the food isnít
up to standards, Soldiers can get sick and the mission can become
must be obtained for anyone providing large amounts of food or even if
they want to be a vendor on base, Campbell said.
you canít just look at the food and tell that itís bad," said
the other side of the detachment, the veterinarian technicians also
take care of military working dogs, which are mainly used for sniffing
out explosive devices in combat zones.
treat injuries, keep up on vaccines and the overall health of the
dogs," said Spc. Tasha Martin, a veterinarian technician with the
of the preventative health care preformed is in the form of blood work
and X-rays of the hips.
also are humanitarian missions overseas working with herds of animals
to provide healthcare and vaccinations, she said.
has spent more time as an Army research technician at Walter Reed
Medical Center in Washington D.C. but is happy for the training she is
receiving here, she said.
far, the detachment has had to deal with dog bites, which requires
testing of the dog for rabies, animals injured from improvised
explosive devices and broken limbs.
have been mannequins, but she also has worked with live dogs, drawing
blood, taking them for X-rays and putting casts on legs.
out of the (Combat Support Hospital) is good," she said. "I
feel I can handle a working dog well."
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