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Pet Care

You decided to bring your pet with you on your journey to Spain and have already taken care of the costs of shipping and chipping your furry friend (see the Rota Welcome Guide 2017 if you need more information on getting your pet to Rota). A big question once you arrive is, how do you care for your pet while you are there? The following section provides information on vet clinics and pet hotels.

Southern Spain enjoys a temperate climate year-round. Consequently, there are some parasites that flourish in this region that you might not be aware of back in the United States. One disease of particular concern is Leishmaniasis. This potentially fatal disease is transmitted by sand flies and if your pet is infected they cannot return to the United States. In order to provide optimal protection for your dog, Rota Branch Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) recommends monthly use of preventative products for sand flies, ticks, fleas, heartworms and intestinal parasites year-round in Spain. The VTF can answer your specific questions regarding parasite control upon arrival.

There are a few options when it comes to taking care of your pet while in Spain. For veterinary clinics, the on-base clinic is operated by the Army Veterinary Corps — and that information is listed below. We’ve also listed off-base options below that.


The Rota Branch Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) Rota has one U.S. Army veterinarian whose primary mission is food inspection. Routine pet care is a secondary function and this service is available when time allows.

As a general treatment facility, the VTF provides the following services:

  • Preventative health exams and client education
  • Surgeries (spay, neuter and dental surgery)
  • Minor sick calls
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Testing for heartworm
  • Feline leukemia or leishmaniasis
  • Basic blood work and chemistry
  • Allergy testing
  • Basic ultrasound
  • Flea and tick preventatives
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Dental health supplies
  • Health certificates
  • Spanish exportation paperwork and pet passports


VTF does not offer emergency services. If you have an emergency please contact your closest emergency facility (numbers are listed in the off-base options below). The Rota Branch VTF does not board pets for appointments nor does Naval Station Rota have a pet boarding kennel on-base. Please plan accordingly.

Rota Branch VTF Address: Bldg #1863
Phone: 956-82-3149
On Base: 727-3149

Rota Branch Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) Facebook Page

Navy MWR Rota Veterinary Care Information


The greater Rota area has several qualified veterinarians located off-base. The following is a list of some of these clinics for informational purposes. Important to note that these recommendations are from the NAVSTA Rota VTC but are not to be seen as an endorsement of any kind.

Anubis Centro Veterinario
Hours Mon-Sat: 1100-1330
Mon-Friday: 1730-2030
C./ Maria Auxiliadora,76
Phone: 956-812-634
24-Hour Emergency Phone: 669-479-972
Email: anubisveterinaria@hotmain.com

La Arboleda Hospital Veterinario
Avda Fuentabravia
El Puerto de Santa Maria
Phone: 956-875-612
24-Hour Emergency Phone: 609-577-107

Avila Hospital Veterinario
Plaza de la Esperanza, 1
El Puerto de Santa Maria
24-Hour Emergency Phone: 956-870-717

Avila Clinica
Ctra Medina, km 1,5
Puerto Real
Phone: 956-831-823

Centro Policlinico Veterinario Santa Maria
Carretera de Fuentabravia
C./ Ciguena. Local 5
11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria
24-Hour Emergency Phone: 629-770-770

There are limited boarding facilities available off-base. The VTF (on-base) maintains a list of kennel facilities and pet sitters. Be aware that it can be difficult to find a kennel that can accommodate large dogs for boarding. Availability is limited so it is important to locate an acceptable facility and secure your reservation well in advance if you require boarding for your pet.


Spain Tours website, FDRMC or Department of the Navy (DON) does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to the medical or dental offices or services referenced on this website.

The material provided on the Spain Tours website is designed for informational purposes only.

The information on the Spain Tours website is provided with the understanding that the organization is not engaged in rendering medical or dental recommendations. You should not rely on any information on the website to replace consultations with qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. Reference to any medical or dental service, treatment or therapy option is not an official endorsement by Spain Tours website, FDRMC or DON. Individuals with medical and dental needs are encouraged to fully investigate service and treatment options and providers that may be most appropriate for a specific individual.

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