a. Potential Assignments. The Medical Detachment, VS (Small) may also be
called the Veterinary Service Detachment (VSD). It may work in support of the Defense
Logistics Agency or for logistics organizations of the Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Army.
In fact, the VSD may also support the State Department and health organizations of
b. Allocation of Teams. The mobile service teams or the VSD are allocated
teams as follows:
One team for every 10,000 Army personnel in the CZ.
One team for every 20,000 Army personnel in the COMMZ.
One team for every 100,000 Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel.
c. Team Composition. The mobile service teams can be varied in their function.
They may be for animal care or for food inspection or for some combined purpose. The
normal food inspection mobile service team would have three food inspection specialists
assigned and one food inspector NCO.
A VSD or field veterinary service unit has three basic functions. The 91R is not
involved in all of the functions. In general, the veterinary food inspection personnel are
charged with the sanitary inspection of potential food sources.
a. Food Inspection. Food wholesomeness, quality, and safety are essential to
the health of the combat forces. Quality assurance insures that established standards are
maintained and protects the financial interest of the US Government.
(1) Inspection services for commercial food sources, including publication of
a directory of approved establishments.
Inspection of all government food storage facilities.
Inspection of all food at time of receipt.
b. Animal Care. Health care of animals and research and application of research
to animal disease.
Animal medicine. Complete health care of government-owned animals.
(2) Animal disease prevention and control. Programs are provided to control
those animal diseases that are communicable to humans. Example: rabies. There is on-
going research concerning animal diseases and distribution of information concerning any
adverse factors related to food supplies.