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AVMA Successfully Lobbied for Protection and Care of Military Working Dogs


A provision of the 2020 U.S. Department of Defense authorization enacted by Congress this past week included requirements for care and treatment of U.S. Army Dogs.  The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps will extend its mission to provide essential medical care including a trauma registry and specialized training for veterinarians to apply the most effective treatment for combat injuries in dogs.

The AVMA correctly emphasizes that military working dogs are highly trained “K-9 soldiers” serving in combat operations, safeguarding troops and saving lives.



The Act also directs the Department of Defense to establish a uniform policy on pets on military bases. Concerns will include dangerous animals, prevention of zoonotic diseases and emphasizing responsible pet ownership to improve animal and public safety.