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Norfolk and Fort Story veterinary treatment facilities expanding

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:56 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

Here’s some big news for military animal owners and their pets: Naval Station Norfolk is building a new veterinary facility. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly and should be completed in 2014. In anticipation of this larger facility and in order to better serve owners and their pets, the staffs of the Naval Station Norfolk and JEB Little Creek-Fort Story veterinary treatment facilities (VTF) have expanded services and hours effective immediately.

Although the primary mission is to provide veterinary services for the military working dogs in Hampton Roads, the clinics are also open to pets by appointment only. Both clinics offer annual physical exams and vaccinations, sick call appointments, and health certificates for continental and international travel. The Norfolk VTF has expanded services to include in-house bloodwork, routine surgeries such as neuters, spays, dental cleanings, tooth extractions, and mass removals and X-rays.

New hours at Fort Story

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Doctors and technicians are available for appointments and questions Tuesday through Friday.

Hours at Naval Station Norfolk

Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both facilities are closed on the last day of the month for inventory.

In addition to Army Capt. Dan Christensen and Dr. Elad Stotland, the VTF also welcomes two new doctors to our staff.

Army Capt. Tricia Fiebrandt comes from Florida. After veterinary school, she completed an internship at the military working dog center in San Antonio and now looks forward to meeting everyone as the new officer in charge. Fiebrandt enjoys surgery and is looking to expand the surgical caseload during her time at Naval Station Norfolk. Away from the clinic, Fiebrandt enjoys outdoor activities with her dog Ginny, and cheering for her Florida Gators.

Dr. Julie Bell joined the VTF as the new NAF veterinarian earlier this summer. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2001, she has spent the more than 10 years focusing on small animal and exotic animal medicine throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Bell has been married for seven years to her husband, Mike. While not at work, Bell loves spending time relaxing at home with her four rabbits.

Stop by the clinics and welcome both Bell and Fiebrandt to Hampton Roads. For appointment, call Naval Station Norfolk VTF at 445-0922 or Fort Story VTF at 422-7734.

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