Reasons to Book an International Health Certificate Appointment
Each country has different rules and requirements, which may include rabies titer testing, microchipping, vaccinations, and/or parasite treatments, which are necessary to complete and issue an international health certificate.
Ensure your pet is fit to travel
One of our accredited veterinarians will examine your pet to make sure they are in good health.
Receive necessary vaccinations
If your pet requires any additional vaccinations or boosters, these will be administered during a home visit.
Adhere to destination entry requirements
During your International Health Certificate Video Consultation, we will review country-specific pet regulations and your pet’s medical records.
Obtain required documents for pet travel
During your Home Visit, we will help you complete any pet travel documentation and finalize your International Health Certificate.
*Please note that BetterVet is not responsible for country-specific pet regulations; please review USDA guidelines for more information.
Our International Health Certificate Process
While each destination country has its own specific requirements, we’ll help guide you through the process, from initial paperwork to issuance of your pet’s health certificate for international travel. If your pet has a layover in a different country, multiple health certificates may be required for an additional fee.
The process is broken down into three appointments: a virtual vet consultation, initial home visit, and final check-up to issue the international travel certificate.
Virtual Vet Visit
During the mandatory consultation, our vet will review destination requirements and medical records to provide assistance with documentation preparation and schedule the in-home visits.
Initial Home Visit
A health exam is performed and any additional testing or vaccinations are administered. Multiple home visits may be needed to satisfy export requirements. Please note that we cannot issue your IHC without at least one in-home visit.
Check-Up and Certification
The final appointment is the pre-travel examination and international health certificate issuance as well as any other necessary documentation.
List of Required Documents for International Pet Travel
Please have the following information and documents readily available at the time of your IHC virtual visit so that your pet's history can be compared to destination requirements as presented on the APHIS site.
- Vaccination history
- Vaccination (rabies) certificate(s)
- Medical Records
- Travel-specific blood testing results (i.e., rabies titer test results)
- For existing clients, medical records prior to BetterVet
- Knowledge of airline-specific requirements (please contact the airline in advance)
- Previous health certificate(s) if returning to the same destination
- Departure address and the name of the individual traveling with your pet
- Destination address and the name of individual receiving your pet (this individual may be the same as the one who is traveling with your pet)