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Animal Healthcare Certificate

Animal Healthcare Certificate for travelling with your pet

What do I need to do if I am travelling abroad with a puppy or dog?

From 1 January 2021, new rules have been put in place around how you can travel to an EU country with your pet if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. To travel to an EU country (and Northern Ireland) from Great Britain, you’ll need to obtain an animal healthcare certificate.

An animal healthcare certificate will include things like the owner’s details, proof of your pet’s rabies vaccination and the country you’re travelling to. You’ll need to get an animal healthcare certificate for your pet’s travel no more than 10 days before you set off on holiday.

You’ll need to get a new one for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland, from Great Britain as the animal healthcare certificate isn’t a one-time thing. You’ll need to get an animal healthcare certificate (AHC) from a licensed veterinarian.

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Vaccination Requirements for Animal Healthcare Certificate

Rabies

Although rabies is not a required vaccine for dogs in the UK, it is if you’re planning on taking your dog on holiday with you to another EU country. Your dog will need to be at least 12 weeks old and already microchipped to have the jab. The injection is a requirement, among others, of getting a Pet Passport, which allows you to take your dog to another EU country and bring him or her back to the UK.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that invades the central nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and death. It is most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Treatment within hours of infection is essential, otherwise, death is highly likely. Of course, your veterinarian should weigh in and can always provide more information and guidance if needed on necessary and optional vaccinations.

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Animal Healthcare Certificate FAQs

Can I still use my pet passport after Brexit?

From 1 January 2021, new rules have been established around how to travel to an EU country with your pet if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. To travel to an EU country (and Northern Ireland) from Great Britain, you must obtain an animal healthcare certificate for your dog, cat, or ferret.

An animal healthcare certificate will include the owner’s details, proof of your pet’s rabies vaccination and the country you’re travelling to. You’ll need to get an animal healthcare certificate for your pet’s travel no more than 10 days before you set off on holiday.

 You’ll need to get a new one for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland, from Great Britain as the animal healthcare certificate isn’t a one-time thing. You’ll need an animal healthcare certificate (AHC) from a licensed veterinarian.

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What are the requirements for an animal health certificate?
  • Every time you wish to travel with your pet you require an Animal Health Certificate
  • Microchipping is a must for your pet.
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies at the age of 12 weeks or older, and 21 days must have passed after the original rabies vaccination before travel is permitted.
  • Rabies immunisations must be maintained until you return to the UK.
  • You, the owner, must also sign a declaration saying that the trip is not for profit.
  • When travelling with a dog to Ireland, Malta, or Finland, a tapeworm treatment must be administered 24 to 120 hours before arrival.

View the government website here  https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad for further information

Is a pet passport the same as an animal health certificate?

The Pet Passport and the Animal Health Certificate are not the same thing. The key difference between the two is the duration for which they are valid. Pet passports are valid for as long as you keep up with the required immunisations. An Animal Health Certificate is valid for four months from its date, or until the rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first. An animal health certificate ensures that your pet meets the health requirements of the country to which you are travelling.

Contact Trusted Vets in Wolverhampton, for further information on acquiring a Animal Healthcare Certificate

Is an animal health certificate covered by pet insurance?

Pet insurance policies generally do not cover common procedures such as microchipping and vaccines, nor do they cover the cost of a pet passport or Animal Health Certificate.

Can an animal health certificate be used more than once?

Only an Official Vet can give an Animal Health Certificate. You will need a new Animal Health Certificate for each journey; unlike a pet passport, the Animal Health Certificate is not transferrable for multiple travels.

How much does an animal health certificate cost?

An Animal Health Certificate will typically cost around £100-£150 in the UK, which includes the consultation and evaluation of all papers. However, this does not cover the additional costs of necessary vaccines. microchipping.