A Veterinary Health Certificate shows that your pet meets all the health requirements of the place you and your animal are traveling too.
Ensure that your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date and start researching the required tests your cat or dog needs for travel as soon as possible. The USDA-APHIS office states that veterinarian issued health certificates have to be completed within an exact time frame based on the state’s or country’s destination requirements. Please remember that Hawaii’s health certificate requirements are very similar to an international health certificate.
Many health certificates are only valid only for up to10 days, although some are valid for longer. Be sure to keep this in mind when booking your pet's health certificate examination, and remember that appointment slots often fill up days or even weeks in advance.
If you have booked a health certificate examination at Overwatch Animal Hospital for your pet, please follow the list below so that you are fully prepared for your cat or dog's health certificate appointment:
The requirements can be found through the USDA Pet Travel website. Overwatch Animal Hospital's role is to complete the certificate and provide the vaccines and shots required but, it's your responsibility to understand the requirements and make sure they are met in the correct time-frame for traveling.
You have to inquire if the airlines have any more travel requirements, including specific vaccines or forms that need to be completed.
International health certificate appointments will take 1 hour per pet. National health certificate appointments will be 30 minutes (except for Hawaii, which is also 1 hour). Most health certificates are valid for 10 days and take 1-3 business days to be processed by USDA, so make sure to plan your health certificate appointment and travel date accordingly.
At the appointment, we will conduct a comprehensive exam to make sure your pet is healthy for travel and fill out the Health Certificate.
You must then submit the completed certificates to the USDA office in Albany, NY. Processing time usually takes 1 - 3 business days. When the certificate is finalized, you can either pick it up in person or it can be mailed to your address overnight.
Our Clarksville vets are here to help facilitate the pet travel process and to fill out the required forms, however it is your responsibility to make sure all the travel requirements are met- so we ask that you come to your appointment prepared!
Overwatch Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Clarksville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.