3-27. VETERINARY SERVICES IN A THEATER OF OPERATIONS
a. TOE 8-680 Veterinary Cellular Teams. Veterinary services in the combat
and communications zones of a theater of operations are provided on an area basis.
That is, veterinary elements are allocated to provide veterinary support to a
geographical area. These elements provide veterinary medical treatment and
hospitalization for military animals and control zoonotic diseases. The units providing
this service are known as cellular teams--so named because they may be combined as
modules or employed individually. They are organized under TOE 8-680. TOE 8-680
veterinary cellular teams are assigned to the theater Army medical command
(MEDCOM) or the corps medical brigade/group. They are attached to subordinate
command and control units as required by the nature of the operations of the supported
(1) Veterinary Service Headquarters. Veterinary Service Headquarters
(Team AF) consists of a veterinary officer (COL, VC), a MS Corps officer, and four
enlisted personnel. Team AF provides command and control for four to seven separate
veterinary service detachments (Teams JA and JB) and/or hospital detachments
(Teams XA and XB) in any combination in either corps or COMMZ.
(2) Veterinary Service--Small. Veterinary Service--Small (Team JA)
consists of one officer (CPT, VC) and five enlisted personnel. It has the following
(a) Provides food wholesomeness, food hygiene, safety, and related
quality assurance inspections in support of a population of up to 20,000 personnel, not
otherwise supported by Team JB; conducts ante-mortem and post-mortem
examinations of food animals; performs procurement and surveillance food inspections;
and inspects subsistence and food-producing animals exposed NBC agents.
(b) Performs veterinary PVNTMED functions to include civic actions
programs; conducts control program for those diseases transmitted from animals to
humans; provides minimal/emergency care for large animals; performs expedient,
limited animal medical services and treatment for approximately 25 military working
dogs on an emergency/short term basis at one location and collocates at one location
up to 25 military working dogs for evacuation to Teams XA or XB.
(c) When used to augment the organic structure of Team JB, Team JA
provides services described above in support of additional population increments of
25,000 personnel and is capable of operating as a mobile service team.
(d) Normally, Team JA is capable of dividing into two sections.
(e) Team JA is 100 percent mobile.