When travelling with your pet(s) inside the United States or internationally, there may be animal health requirements and certificates required by the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection (USDA- APHIS) agency and the country of destination specific for your destination.
As soon as you know your travel details, contact us to schedule an appointment to determine what your pet will need to travel. Every location will have different factors to consider which may include meeting specific time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications, treatments or immunizations.
Pets that will be traveling will need to be current on their immunizations, heartworm test, fecal check for parasites and in some cases will require specific treatments before being accepted into a different state or country.
To make sure your pet will meet all the requirements for travel, you will need to
- Check with the USDA requirements by going to the following link: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel and then following the appropriate drop down menu, print out the requirements.
- You should call the local USDA-APHIS veterinarian at (804) 343 2560 to confirm these requirements.
- Owners will also need to contact the embassy of the country of destination to see if they have any additional requirements.
- Please bring in all forms from the USDA and the embassy of destination to help make sure your pet is able to travel.
- Send or Fed Ex the completed health certificates done within 10 days of travel to the state veterinarian in Richmond VA allowing time for their return before travel.