One-of-a-Kind Hospital for Military Dogs is in San Antonio

by Marilou Moursund on June 29, 2018

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I loved this article in the San Antonio Express-News today.  The Lt. Colonel Daniel E. Holland Memorial Military Working Dog Hospital is located on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  Military dogs from all over the world are flown here to be treated.  From the linked article:

Robin isn’t yet a military working dog, but he was being checked out by some of the best in the business, the staff at the only hospital for U.S. military working dogs injured in the line of duty, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Burlison looked over the scans of the dog’s spine, hips and elbows and gave the nod: Everything was in good order

“He’s a keeper,” Miller said, smiling.

Robin may soon join the elite corps of four-legged warriors who fight alongside their human companions. These canines get the best treatment, when they’re healthy and when they’re sick. That’s where Holland comes in.

The injured dogs come from all over the world — from military duty stations and war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq — to receive cutting-edge care here.

Thursday, the Department of Defense officially opened a new wing for the hospital with expanded space for post-operative patients and an aquatic therapy room.

Army Brig. Gen. Erik Torring said that the improvements will help veterinary staff get injured canines back to duty as quickly as possible.

“Doing so enhances readiness within the DOD force,” he said, “and allows these working dogs to getting back to what they do everyday — save lives.”

More than 200 military working dogs are treated at the hospital, named after Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland, an Army veterinarian who was killed in Baghdad by a roadside bomb in 2006 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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