Pet owners living on the installation must register their animals within five working days of their arrival. This should be done at the Fort Jackson Veterinary Clinic, Building 2445, Knight Avenue. To register a pet, proof of rabies immunization is required.
The clinic provides limited medical care for pets, by appointment only. Such care includes immunizations, heartworm and intestinal parasite examinations, preventive medication, health certificate exams and sick-call evaluations.
The clinic can perform routine surgeries such as spaying, but it cannot board pets. Also, because it is a nonappropriated funds-supported facility that must support itself, fees are charged for all services and medications. Flea and tick products and other over-the-counter items are sold at the clinic. A $2 user’s fee for each transaction is required.
Dogs and cats 3 months and older must be registered, and current rabies vaccinations are required. Dogs also must have current distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvo vaccinations and must be on heartworm prevention. Cats must be vaccinated for distemper, feline leukemia and upper-respiratory diseases.
All animals living on post must be microchipped. The cost of the procedure is $25. If this procedure is done off post, the microchip number must be reported to the Fort Jackson clinic and filed in the animal’s record.
If you plan to live off the installation and intend to use the veterinary clinic or specified areas of Fort Jackson for hunting, you also must register your animals at the clinic. Soldiers and their families living off post also need to review local ordinances regarding the supervision and upkeep of family pets. In Richland County, call the Department of Public Works Animal Control Office at 803-735-7322.
Stray animals on Fort Jackson are transported to the Columbia Humane Society at 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209. The phone number is 803-783-1267.
The clinic is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic is closed all federal holidays and the last business day of the month for inventory.
Please call 803-751-7160 for an appointment. Over-the-counter sales are available 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.