Pet Health Certificates in Bristol CT
For Pet Owners Travelling Internationally
More and more clients are travelling internationally with their pets. Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital has USDA accredited veterinarians who can help you obtain an international pet health certificate so once you are ready to travel, it’s smooth sailing.
How long will it take to get my pet’s international certificate of health?
Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital will provide an estimate based upon your destination country and pet’s medical records on how long it may take to complete your international pet health certificate. Please complete this form and we will respond with an estimate within 48 hours.
What you should know about travelling internationally with your pet?
We recommend you consult the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Pet Travel site for important information before requesting an international health certificate. This site allows you to search by destination country and will take you through the steps to obtain a Veterinary Export Health Certificate.
“When travelling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.” - www.aphis.usada.gov.
An important thing to keep in mind is that countries may not have the requirements listed on the USDA website. In these cases, the pet owner should visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Pet Travel – Requirements Not Known site. The pet owner may need to contact the Destination Country’s Embassy in Washington, DC or the Border Inspection Post or the Customs Office at the airport where your pet will be landing to inquire about the country’s import requirements and to obtain a copy of these requirements in writing or via email from a government official.
You should also note that the information from consulates, embassies in the U.S., or websites are not always up to date.
Here is what you need to do to ensure that you and your pet can travel outside of the U.S.:
- Know the time frame and requirements for your destination country as well as your airline prior to booking your travel. Your destination country as well as airline may have requirements regarding when you will need to have the health certificate issued. There may also be requirements for your destination regarding microchipping and vaccinations that will impact your departure date.
- As soon as you begin your travel planning,contact Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital, and let us know that you need a pet travel certificate, your destination country and travel date. Complete our online form with all necessary information and one of our USDA certified veterinarians will contact you with any requests for clarifications. This must be done within a certain time frame before your travel date to ensure that all requirements for your destination country can be met.
- Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital will coordinate the endorsement of your paperwork by the USDA.
Do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 850-2187 if you have any questions about obtaining a pet health certificate in Bristol, CT.
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