Facility Policy

Our veterinary clinic policies ensure the safety of you, your pet and others within the facility. Owners are responsible at all times for their pet while at the clinic. This includes maintaining control of and cleaning up after them. All pets must be on a leash or in a crate to be allowed in the facility. If pets are not on a leash or in a crate, one must be purchased upon entry into the clinic. Owners must be able to restrain their own animals during appointments. Children under 12 are encouraged not to enter the facility, so please make arrangements for children before you come to your appointment. Veterinary clinic staff reserve the right to reschedule an appointment if we believe that the safety of you, your pet or others are in jeopardy. View our Policy Letter.


Prescription flea and tick preventative can only be sold to persons whose pets have been seen within a year by the doctor and have a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR – are good for 1 year). To have your pet seen, call for an appointment. Over the counter preventatives may be purchased if pets haven't been seen by the doctor.

Heartworm disease is common in this area, and it is recommended that your pet be on a heartworm preventative year round. These preventatives can be sold to anyone whose pets have previously been seen by the doctor, have a valid VCPR and have current heartworm tests on record. Heartworm tests are included in our annual wellness packages.


Due to the prevalence of rabies disease in Louisiana, patients of the clinic will receive a 3 year rabies vaccination. New patients who have received a three-year vaccination from another veterinarian will be recognized until it expires. Wellness packages are provided for patients of all ages and are different for dogs or cats.




Revolution (VCPR)



 Seresto Flea Collar




Trifexis (VCPR)

 Trefexis (VCPR)

Heartgard Plus (VCPR)  

 Bravecto (VCPR)


 K9 Advantix II

 Vectra 3D

 Seresto Flea Collar

On-base pets

Base residents are required by base and housing regulations to register animals with Veterinary Services within 10 working days of arrival and are limited to two animals per household. As of 2007, base housing does not allow certain breeds to live on base, check with The Landings for specific breeds. Remember to bring your records with you when registering. You may also want to print and fill out our Client Information Form and Policy Letter. The Barksdale Veterinary Clinic will maintain all your pet's records. Unfortunately, policy prohibits animals that are used or planned to be used for commercial breeding purposes from receiving services at our clinic. Use of the Veterinary Services is a privilege, not a right, and is mandated by Air Force Instruction 48-131, Veterinary Health Services. Anyone who owns a pet on base or uses the veterinary clinic will be expected to know and comply with these regulations.

Eligibility & Services

Quality veterinary care is offered to active duty, dependents, retirees of the U.S. military, and Reserve members stationed at Barksdale on ACTIVE status. A valid military ID card must be shown and full payment made at the time of service.

The Barksdale Veterinary Clinic provides vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, routine dentals and surgeries, feline leukemia testing, parasite control products, microchipping and health certificates for travel. Sick calls are accepted on a limited basis, based on facility capabilities and time. Prescription medications, including heartworm and parasite prevention products, are only available once a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) has been established and proof of vaccinations have been received if not a current patient.

The clinic does not have the capabilities to offer hospitalization, intensive care and illnesses or care requiring extended and/or prolonged treatment or emergency services. For this reason, it is highly recommended to locate and establish a VCPR with an off-base veterinary clinic. The clinic also does not offer grooming or boarding. Staff can provide a list of local civilian veterinarians and facilities that offer these services.


While the Barksdale Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to the care of all personal pets, it's not the primary service of the clinic. The primary mission of the clinic is to provide complete medical care for our four-legged service members, the Military Working Dogs. Because our mission is to provide the best care for the Military Working Dogs, normal operating hours of the clinic may change without notice.

Pets are seen on an appointment-available basis only and there are limited days and times for appointments. If you can't keep a scheduled appointment, please provide a 24-hour notice so that appointments may be offered to someone else. Failure to do so will result in documenting a "no show." After two no shows occur, the client will lose veterinary privileges for six months and the sponsor's chain of command may be notified. A third no show will result in permanent loss of veterinary privileges and notification of chain of command.

There may be occasions when you are unable to get an appointment with the veterinary clinic. It's ultimately your responsibility to keep pets current on all vaccinations, whether on or off-base. Failure to do so may result in a loss of pet privileges and/or loss of base housing privileges.