Are you planning on traveling outside the United States?

International travel health certificates are VERY complicated and time sensitive. Below are the ways to prepare for an international health certificate examination:

  1. Read and research the information from the website below regarding International Health Certificates. 
    1. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
    2. Print out the paperwork from the link above, review it, and on a separate sheet of paper, write down all of the pertinent information we will need listed on the certificate. 
  2. Fax or email your pet’s current medical record (if they are not already a patient). We must have clear records (including a rabies certificate, microchip number, and implantation date) at least 7 days prior to your appointment with us to ensure we have all the needed information.  Give us a quick call to let us know to be on the lookout for your records in case they get lost coming to us.
  3. Please send us the following information as well: 
    1. First & Last Name
    2. Local Address & Phone Number
    3. Destination address & Phone Number
    4. Date of departure

Things to keep in mind:

  1. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide all proper and necessary paperwork, as well as correct spelling of address and name of owner and pet.  The owners need to present a complete list of requirements for the country you are traveling to so that the veterinarian can complete the appropriate tests during the exam.  
    1. Any misinformation provided to the veterinarian (such as the wrong destination address or not having proof of rabies certification) can cause havoc with the international health certificate process and, in some cases, prevent you from traveling with your pet.
  2. It normally takes 2-3 business days for the certificate to be endorsed and then will be overnighted to you.  Please keep this in mind when making your appointment
    1. The USDA is not open during the weekends.
    2. Some countries require quarantines or special tests prior to travel and these processes can take time.
  3. Schedule appointment 10 days BEFORE intended travel date.
  4. Have definitive travel plans with specific locations/dates.
  5. Verify if your pet will automatically be quarantined (country dependent).
  6. Determine if USDA endorsement is required and if it can be done online.
  7. Check on microchip information
    1. All of Europe requires pets to be microchipped PRIOR TO OR AT THE TIME OF THE RABIES VACCINATION
  8. Some countries require additional testing prior to travel (at owner’s expense).
  9. What are the requirements for internal and external parasite treatments.
  10. The average cost is anywhere from $250 – 500, depending upon the location
    1. This cost does NOT include the medical exam, shipping label fee, and USDA processing fee