Did you know that traveling with your pet internationally, and often across state borders, requires special documentation?
THIS DOCUMENTATION OFTEN REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF A USDA CERTIFIED VETERINARIAN.
- Veterinarians with USDA certification have received specialized training in the processes associated with animal import and export. They will be able to advise you, and provide you with the required paperwork to allow you and your pet to safely reach your intended destination.
SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT WITH A USDA CERTIFIED VETERINARIAN:
- You may visit the following link to locate a nearby USDA Certified Veterinarian: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_locate_av
- Many countries require very specific vaccinations and deadlines prior to travel. Therefore, it is important to explore the USDA APHIS Pet Travel website (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel), well in advance of your travel date, to determine when you should schedule your appointment and how to prepare. This link outlines all of the specific requirements, deadlines, and paperwork necessary to insure entry into each travel destination.
WHY IS ALL THIS PAPERWORK AND PLANNING NECESSARY?
- Each country and state provides their own specific requirements and regulations. These regulations have been created to prevent the spread of foreign diseases, maintain global health security, and to keep track of animals during travel.