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Brightwood Animal Hospital

International Health Certificates

Going out of the country? As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, travel and acclimation certificates for your healthy pet can be issued so they can travel internationally with you.


Pets are family and many people want them right by their side when travelling. As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) can be issued here for your healthy cat, dog, or other animal so they may travel internationally with you.

Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?

Only pets in good health are permitted to travel by plane or boat. The country you are traveling to may have specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter. Certain health requirements may include: up to date vaccinations, a passing health exam, etc. Health certificates ensure that your pet is healthy to travel and isn’t susceptible to transferring diseases to other pets or people.

When should I start the process?

Certificate timing varies greatly by country: For example, rabies-free territories such as Australia and New Zealand take six months. We strongly encourage checking the APHIS website as early as possible. It is the responsibility of a pet owner to be sure all requirements for travel with a pet are met and all required paperwork completed.

How can I obtain an international health certificate?

Before you start the process, you need to determine the destination country and dates of travel.

Your veterinarian will work with you to determine the health certificate requirements based on your travel destination. Since requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, we suggest you check the current pet travel health requirements for your destination country on the USDA website:

The veterinarian will perform a health exam to determine if your pet has any sign of disease or health risks that could be passed along to others while traveling. He or she will also ensure that your pet has all required vaccinations to travel. Once all requirements are met, we will issue a certificate indicating that your pet has been cleared to travel.