In addition to deeming an animal fit for travel, all the information on a rabies certificate must be clearly legible in order to issue a health certificate. If a current rabies certificate cannot be produced, your dog or cat will require a rabies vaccine to issue a CVI.
Be aware that different states may have different requirements. International health certificates may require extensive diagnostic testing and approval by the USDA federal veterinarian in charge. Every state and country varies with their requirements. Airlines may vary with their individual requirements regarding a CVI.
Please plan ahead if you are planning to travel with your pet. Call or schedule an appointment with questions to verify a given state or country’s requirements.
Please understand that the veterinarian doesn’t make the rules. CVI’s are documents regulated at the state and federal levels. The USDA is concerned with the shipment of animals for public health, economic and reasons related to terrorism. These programs are designed to ensure we are not shipping dogs and cats with unknown rabies status, bovines with hoof and mouth or mad cow disease, etc.. The introduction of certain diseases into our agricultural markets can have devastating economic consequences.
If you decide to travel without the required documentation, please do not call our office from a border station, airline counter or any similar place. Again, we recommend you plan ahead for travel with your pet.