Traveling with pets can be for fun, or perhaps you have necessary trip planned. It can be frustrating when the regulations for what paperwork, vaccinations, and health certificates you need for your pet keep changing. It is important to research what the import requirements are for the state or country you are traveling to, before every trip, as they can change every year.
Most states and countries require an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI), and then have additional rules depending on the species (cat, dog, horse, etc). The OCVI is issued by a licensed veterinarian after a complete physical examination, and usually expire within 10-30 days; ie. travel must occur within 10-30 days of certificate being issued.
If you are traveling out of the country, the best resource for finding out the import requirements of the country you are traveling to is to call the USDA office in Albany at 518-218-7540. Some information to get you started may be found at the website;
For international travel, the OCVI must be cosigned by local USDA Veterinarian In Charge. In Massachusetts we must send all the OCVIs to Albany for cosigning; make sure you allow enough time for the mailing and return of the OCVI before you leave on your trip.
Veterinary Services for Import/Export for Massachusetts
Phone : 518‐218‐7540
500 New Karner Road,
Albany, NY 12205
You may also find more useful information on traveling in this brochure from the AVMA;