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Health Certificate Questionnaire

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A health certificate is a confirmation that a pet is healthy enough and meets all the requirements in order to travel domestically or internationally. The travel requirements vary by country and are enforced by the USDA Animal & Plant Inspection Service (APHIS). Some examples of travel requirements are a rabies titer test (FAVN), vaccines, bloodwork, internal & external parasite treatment, and/or microchip placement.

All pets traveling both domestically (within the United States) and internationally MUST have a pet health certificate. For pets traveling by car domestically, it is not required but highly recommended to have a certificate as well as your pet’s full vaccine/medical records available.

For international travel, an Official USDA Veterinarian must review and endorse this certificate after submission from a USDA-Accredited Veterinarian, in order for the pet to travel outside the United States.

A Pre-Health Certificate appointment is required for all pet’s traveling internationally. At this time, new patients will receive an initial exam and specific requirements needed for the destination country will be discussed. Information that is required for submission includes a destination address, departure date, and port of entry. For new patients, a full vaccine record that includes a signed valid Rabies Certificate is required as well.

After all, requirements have been met such as vaccinations, microchip placement, and/or blood work, the Health Certificate Appointment can be scheduled. These appointments must be within 10 days of departure. Some countries require the last Vet visit to be scheduled 5 days prior to departure. If the departure date is changed after a Health Certificate has been submitted and it is outside of the 10 days, a new appointment must be scheduled and a new certificate must be submitted at the owner’s expense.

The clinic is not responsible for any delay in acquiring a USDA endorsed certificate. Once a Health Certificate has been submitted to the USDA, it is beyond our control how long it takes to be endorsed and sent back.

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