Primary Care

Health Certificates

Health certificates are often required when traveling with pets across state or international borders, whether you are driving or flying. These certificates tell authorities that your pet is healthy enough for travel, and they help prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Health certificates can only be issued by federally accredited veterinarians, and not all veterinarians are accredited. The veterinarians at Timpanogos Animal Hospital are proud to be accredited, meaning we are able to issue domestic and international health certificates.

To issue a health certificate, a Timpanogos veterinarian will need to perform an exam within 10 days of your departure. The certificate is valid for travel for 30 days from the date of issue. During the exam, the veterinarian will fill out and sign the paperwork stating that they examined the pet, that the pet doesn’t appear to be suffering from any contagious diseases, that all necessary vaccines (including rabies) are current and that any and all necessary testing and treatments have been completed. The veterinarians and staff at Timpanogos Animal Hospital will also help you make sure that you and your pet meet all import requirements at your destination.

Every destination typically has their own unique requirements for importing live animals. Some of these requirements may take several months to complete. Please contact Timpanogos Animal Hospital as soon as possible if you are planning a trip or a move out of the state or the country. We are happy to help you figure out what steps you need to take.