Veterinary Clinic

Vaccinating animals against disease is, as with humans, the only proven way to safeguard their health. Sadly there are still owners who do not vaccinate and therefore the common cat and dog viruses are still with us.

The more animals that are protected against the spread of disease by vaccination, the less disease is shed into the environment. When an animal becomes ill, one component of the illness is re-distributing the disease-causing agent back into the population. If you care for your pet, get it protected.


The Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter offers all standard veterinary services. We have a full veterinarian clinic available to low-income families and to those who have adopted a pet from any of the area shelters. Services are offered at a low-cost and include exams, heartworm testing, nail trimming, microchipping, vaccinations,  spaying and neutering and many other standard veterinary services. Visit our webpage to see a list of fees related to our Veterinary Services.

Although our shelter offers a wide variety of basic and preventative veterinarian services, we do not have the ability to provide emergency or trauma services. Most veterinary hospitals provide emergency care during their regular hours. However, for emergency services "after normal business hours", go to: 

Animal Emergency Center
1510 State Street
Bettendorf, IA
Phone: ( 563 ) 344-9599 

If you plan on visiting our clinic for the first time, you can expedite the clinic processing procedure by downloading our "Clinic Form" and filling it out before you come to the shelter. Download the Clinic Form. (PDF) 

Rabies Vaccination:

All pets must be immunized against rabies at four (4) months of age. This vaccination is good for one (1) year and must be given by a licensed veterinarian. Your pet must then receive an annual rabies booster shot or a three (3) year rabies booster shot thereafter. All cats and dogs are required by law to have a rabies vaccination. 

Learn more about rabies.

Additional Vaccinations:

Dogs should have a distemper/parvo combination shot annually, if you board the dog, groom the dog, or take the dog to obedience class you will be required to have a Bordetella vaccine for kennel cough, this is an annual vaccine. 

Cats should have an FVRCP vaccine, which is primarily for upper respiratory infections. This is an annual vaccine.

Other vaccines are recommended for other areas, environments, etc, contact your veterinarian for more information on keeping your pet healthy.

Spaying and Neutering:

Spaying a dog or cat before their first heat cycle virtually eliminates the possibility of the pet getting mammary (breast) cancer. Neutering will eliminate the possibility of the pet getting testicular cancer and greatly cut down on any prostate problems. Spaying and neutering sterilizes the animal and thus reduces unwanted litters. It also may reduce undesirable behaviors such as spraying, marking, aggression towards other animals, roaming and mating behaviors. The Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter has a low-cost spay and neuter program. Fees related to our Veterinary Services.

Your dog or cat can be spayed two (2) weeks after the puppies or kittens have stopped feeding off of their mother or approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.

Clinic Hours:

Our low-cost vaccination clinic is every Tuesday from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Our clinic has a large selection of veterinarian products and vaccines.

You may utilize our low-cost spay and neuter services, which are performed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, by appointment. Call 558-DOGS (3647) for an appointment.

Remember there aren't enough homes for them all. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

Hours of operation for the Rock Island County Animal Care and Control shelter.

REMEMBER:  Bring your cats in carriers and your dogs on leashes!

Fees related to our Veterinary Services.