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Dr. (Capt.) Jacque Parker, an Army veterinarian, looks through a microscope Wednesday at ear mites taken from the ear of a cat. Looking on is Sgt. Matthew Jepsen, a veterinary technician.

Dr. (Capt.) Jacque Parker, an Army veterinarian, looks through a microscope Wednesday at ear mites taken from the ear of a cat. Looking on is Sgt. Matthew Jepsen, a veterinary technician. (Jason Chudy / S&S)

The patients may not like the new Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, Veterinary Clinic any more than they did the old one, but pet owners and staff have a different view of the facility, which opened Friday on the Gricignano support site housing area.

“It’s wonderful,” said Army veterinarian Dr. (Capt.) Jacque Parker. “It’s bigger and more suited to us because it was designed as a vet clinic.”

The new clinic is located next to the fire department, a few hundred yards from base’s main gate. Gricignano has nearly 900 housing units and will have just over 1,000 in the next few years.

Though the housing policy doesn’t allow dogs, residents can have cats.

The new clinic has two examination rooms, compared to the one at Agnano, which closed. A new X-ray machine soon will be operational, which will allow an increase in the clinic’s services.

About 90 percent of the clinic’s equipment is new and the facility is more than three times larger than the old clinic, explained Sgt. Matthew Jepsen, a veterinary technician.

The new four-person clinic operates under the Army’s Southern Europe Veterinary Command Detachment in Vicenza, Italy.

For more information on the clinic’s services, or to schedule appointments, call DSN 629-7913 or commercial 081-811-7913. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m.


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