6-15. VETERINARY SERVICE
Veterinary service in the COMMZ includes treatment, hospitalization for military
animals; control of diseases transmitted from animals to humans; inspection of
subsistence; antemortem and post-mortem examinations of food animals; control of
foodborne diseases; and such other veterinary preventive medicine activities as
assigned. These services are performed by veterinary service detachments and
veterinary hospitals organized under T0E 8-680, under the command and control of a
veterinary service headquarters (Team AF). These services wi1l be discussed in more
detail in paragraph 6-29.
Section II. COMMAND AND CONTROL UNITS
6-16. HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT, HOSPITAL
CENTER (TABLE OF ORGANIZATION AND EQUIPMENT 8-502)
a. Mission. The mission of the headquarters, hospital center, to command and
control general hospitals and other health service units.
b. Assignment and Basis of Allocation. The headquarters, hospital center is
assigned to the MEDCOM on the basis of one per two to eight general hospitals or their
equivalent in a combination of general hospitals and other health service units (maximum
of 8,000 fixed beds).
c. Capabilities. In addition to providing command and control for attached
general hospitals, the hospital center provides medical regulating and professional
specialty consultation service.
d. Organization. See Figure 6-3.
e. Concept of Operations.
(1) Location. Hospital center installations are located in the COMMZ. Since
a hospital center headquarters, including its assigned hospitals, requires not only
extensive ground areas, but also certain adjuncts (water, power, and sewage disposal
facilities) for its operations, ideal sites are seldom encountered. However, so far as
possible, the center's location should conform to established principles regarding the
locating of medical installations. These basic principles include the adaptability of
existing physical plant structures to the centers' requirements.