Pet Health Certificates

health certificates for pets

Are you taking an interstate trip with your pet(s)? The veterinary team at Circle of Life Animal Hospital of Tampa can help you with preparation, such as obtaining a pet health certificate.

What is a Pet Health Certificate?

A pet health certificate is also referred to as a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI). It is an official document a USDA-accredited veterinarian fills out to declare your pet as healthy (disease free), up to date on all applicable vaccinations, and ready for a trip! However, it can not be completed without a thorough examination of your pet by the licensed veterinarian

CVIs also include basic information on your pet, like their breed, sex, age, and microchip details.

Although pet CVIs are only good for approximately ten days and requirements are subject to change within each state without notice, we recommend beginning to prepare for your trip several months in advance, just in case.

How Can I Obtain a Pet Health Certificate?

Well, requirements change depending on your destination and mode of travel!

  • Are you traveling with your pet internationally or staying domestic?
  • Are you driving, flying, or taking a cruise?

With the answers to the above questions, you have a headstart! Now, visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website to get an idea of your domestic travel requirements here. If this is the "First Step," then contacting your veterinarian is your second step!

Schedule a visit with Circle of Life Animal Hospital now so that we can get the process started with you!

What Should I Keep in Mind?

  • You will want to get the ball rolling on completing pet traveling prerequisites at least six (6) months ahead of the trip. Especially for an international trip, as there will be a strict regulatory timeline to follow. (Get a basic idea of the timeline here, from the American Veterinary Medical Association).
  • Ask your veterinarian if they are USDA-accredited, if not then ask for recommendations!

We are here to help ensure you and your pet have a safe and happy flight! Please Contact Us with any of your questions or concerns regarding Pet Health Certificates.

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