Dr. Andrew Marsh is proud to be accredited with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services division of the US government. This important credential allows him to help you travel with your pet both domestically and internationally. If you plan to travel with your pet, please be prepared well in advance as many destinations have very strict rules regulating pet travel. Further, many airlines have requirements that must be met and forms specific to the airline.
At Greenfield Animal Hospital, Dr. Marsh and his well trained receptionists will help you understand what is required and ensure that all of the requirements are met before you travel so that there are no surprises. Domestic travel requires satisfying the airline requirements and having a domestic travel certificate. For international travel, advanced planning must be made to ensure all requirements are met.
To travel with your pet internationally, most pets require a microchip to be placed before receiving a Rabies vaccination, which requires advanced planning. Vaccinations must be given in a specific timeframe and certain countries require ancillary vaccines such as Leptospirosis. Further, ten days prior to travel the pet must be seen by Dr. Marsh in order to prepare an international travel certificate, often including being dewormed for endo and ectoparasites, and then sent out to the USDA for final endorsement. Specific requirements are based on the destination and Dr. Marsh is accredited to help you obtain the necessary USDA endorsement.
For more information on domestic travel, please consult the airline and give us a call. For more information on international travel, please visit the USDA pet travel website https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel. We are here to help and glad to be able to provide this essential service.