We are able to offer health certificates for both domestic and international travel. A physical examination of your pet will be required on the day that the veterinarian signs the certificate. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure a stress-free travel experience with your pet.
· Allow yourself plenty of time to research guidelines for your specific
travel destination. There are different requirements for Hawaii and for
many foreign countries.
· For international travel, check with the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) in Richmond or the consulate of the country to which
you are traveling to obtain any additional requirements or paperwork to
enter that country.
· For travel to Hawaii, there are numerous requirements that do not
pertain to other domestic travel destinations. Please check with the
Hawaii Department of Agriculture (www.hawaiiag.org) as soon as you know
your plans for travel.
· If you are a member of the armed forces, the military may be able to
answer questions concerning travel requirements for your pet.
· Check with your carrier (airline, train line, cruise line) to inquire
about requirements for your pet to travel. Ask how long the carrier will
honor a health certificate so that you can schedule an appointment with
the veterinarian within the appropriate time period.
· Schedule the examination with the veterinarian within the appropriate
time period. If additional paperwork is needed for the country to which
you are traveling, it is helpful to bring it by the hospital a day or so
before the appointment so that we can begin preparing it for you.
Sometimes the paperwork can be very time consuming, and if we have your
paperwork in advance, we will attempt to expedite your visit.
· Remember to bring vaccine records if a veterinarian at another
facility has vaccinated your pet. For international travel, a copy of
the rabies certificate for your pet will need to be mailed to the USDA
with the health certificate. If your pet received a rabies vaccine
elsewhere, please bring a copy of the certificate with you to the
examination appointment. Medical history containing microchip, tattoo,
and/or flea control information may also be required.
· Remember to bring the street address and phone number of your travel
destination. It is required for an federal and international health
For international travel, you will need a separate check made out to the
USDA to cover the cost of the state veterinarian who will approve the
health certificate. A social security number printed or written on the
check is required.