Dr. Leslie Issues International Veterinary Health Certificates

Dr. Leslie is a Category I veterinarian by the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP), able to fulfill pet import and export requirements regarding pet inspection and issuing of International Health Certificates.

Obtaining an International Health Certificate for your pet is quite a process, one we attempt to make as painless as possible for pet owners. Many of our local military clients find themselves moving to places like Italy, Germany, and Japan. In light of this, we are committed to assisting these folks in bringing their pets along. If you know you may be leaving the country, contact us immediately — the pet health certification process can take months of planning and we want to address it as soon as possible.

Whether you are military personnel or simply traveling abroad, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is one of three federal agencies that you will encounter as you travel with your pet. International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States are completed by the APHIS-accredited veterinarian who certifies animal health status, conducts tests, and records test results for animals leaving our country.

Completed and signed international health certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office in order to be valid. To obtain the USDA endorsement of an international health certificate or any other documents relating to traveling with your pet, an APHIS-accredited veterinarian must complete the documents. This is why it is so important to pet owners that Dr. Leslie has obtained this status and is able to assist them with this detailed process.

If you have questions about traveling with your pet, or are already planning to leave the country, contact us immediately for assistance.

Taking pets to another country requires contacting that country’s consulate or embassy for requirements. A listing of consulates can be found at the U.S. Department of State website.

For more about traveling with your pet, download and print this summary: Pet Travel, Basic Statements Regarding Travel Abroad with Pets.

For detailed information and resources regarding the import and export of animals, visit the USDA/APHIS website.