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Policies & Requirements

** The veterinarian must be approved and accredited by the Government Veterinarian Authority of the pet’s departing country. If the pet is departing Canada, the veterinarian used must be CFIA approved. 

** All dates must be written in the ISO (International Standards): dd/mm/yyyy

** All documentation must be completed in blue ink

Requirements

1. Microchip

The pet must be implanted with a microchip that is compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785). Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination.  During import inspection upon arrival in Australia, if the microchip number is not confirmed or not identical to that on the inspection certificate, the animal may be subject to a 180-day quarantine period, or returned to Canada. 

2. Vaccinations

Dogs:

Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. The pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.

Recommendation of Bordatella (kennel cough) Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation 

Recommendation of Canine Influenza H3N8 Virus (CIV) Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. 

The following blood tests need be conducted 30 days before transport:

Ehrlichiosis: The dog must produce a negative test result using the Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test at a dilution of 1:40.  Within 24 hours of blood draw, the dog is treated with an external parasite treatment against ticks.

Brucellosis: The dog must produce a negative test result by means of a serum agglutination test.  Once this test is conducted, the dog must not mate or be inseminated prior to transport.  

Leptospirosis: The dog must produce a negative test result by means of a microscopic agglutination test.  These results need to be less than 50% agglutination at a serum dilution of 1:100.  If the dog’s test result is greater than 1:100 but less than 1:800, it can be re-tested 14 days or more after the first test.  These second results must also be less than 1:800. If the result is 1:800 or more, they are ineligible for import into Australia.  

Vaccination against Leptospirosis is not recommended within 6 months of export. The pet’s high antibody response will most likely result in ineligibility for export to New Zealand.   

Heartworm: The dog must produce a negative test result on a Lab Report Form for Canine Heartworm. 

All original results must travel with the pet during transport, and be recorded on the Import Permit.

The following test must be done 10 days before transport:

Babesia gibsoni: The pet must produce a negative test result.

Cats:

Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. The pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.

The following test must be done 10 days before transport:

Babesia gibsoni: The pet must produce a negative test result.

3. Rabies Titer Test/ Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test

This blood test must be administered to cats and dogs, three (3) weeks after the rabies vaccination, by a Canadian and Australian approved government facility. The blood test results must be 0.5 IU/ml or above. The test remains valid for 1 year, so it must be conducted within this timeframe to be valid for transport. The microchip is scanned prior to the Titre test. The 180-day quarantine period begins the day this test is conducted. If there is a need to retest, it must be done within this one (1) year window so not to extend the quarantine period.

A second Titer Test is required 30 days before transport. 

4. Fecal Tests

Pets are required to have two (2) fecal exams at least 14 days apart. The first exam must be within 30 days of transport, and the second exam is within 14 days of transport. The sensitive flotation procedure is used. They must show negative test results for hookworm eggs. The dates and test results must be noted on export documentation.  

5. Quarantine

Pets must undergo a 180-day quarantine period. It begins on the day the Titer test is conducted. The first 150 days can be done in the country of origin, exposing the animal to a minimal 30-day quarantine period in Australia.  

6. Import Permit

Once the results for the Titre test have been received, the import permit must be obtained from The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Australia. Copies of all vaccine stickers must be provided to obtain import permit. 

7. Tick & Tapeworm Treatment

For dogs, within 24 hours of blood test for Ehrlichiosis, they must have an external parasite treatment against ticks. 

24-48 hours prior departure, the pet needs to have a final examination and be administered an internal and external parasite treatment by a veterinarian. 

Internal Parasite Treatment: Pets must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of nematodes and cestodes ie. Drontal. 

External Parasite Treatment: Pets must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of ticks and fleas.  Only washes and rinses that prevent ticks and their bites are acceptable. 

Unacceptable products are oral products, injections, medicated collars and any products that rely on the parasite biting the pet.  

The date, time, treatments, active ingredient and dose rate are recorded on the Veterinary Certificate. 

8. Veterinarian Health Certificate 

The pet must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health Certificate, available here, that must be issued 10 days prior to departure. At this time the pet is required to have a final Veterinary exam. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/export/petcom/petcome.shtml

9. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet

10. Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs

 

* If a paritcular country is not listed or you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact us anytime

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