Phone: 505-471-4400

International Health Certificate

International Health Certificate

Traveling with your pet requires preparation prior to your departure.  This can take a few days or up to six months prior to travel.  Regulations for a pet traveling outside of the continental United States is governed by the nation the pet is traveling to.  Those regulations may change at any time with/ or without notice.  The requirements and forms may be complex and not readily available to Gruda Veterinary Hospital.  Each country has different requirements, and all have very specific rules regarding examinations, required vaccinations, microchips, microchip placement, vaccine titers, blood tests, parasite testing, signatures, and the timing of each of the these requirements.

We recommended the following steps to determine what will be needed for your travel:

  1. Start your research as soon in advance as possible.
  2. Check your destination country’s regulations by going to:

For some countries it can take more than 6 months to obtain all the vaccinations, blood tests, and paperwork required.

  1. Confirm regulations of the USDA with regulations of the country’s consulate or embassy website.
  2. Call our hospital to set up an initial consult/ preparation appointment for your International Health Certificate.
  3. When you come in for your appointment you must bring the following:
  1. Most countries require that the International Pet Health Certificate be endorsed by the USDA office. If endorsement is required you can take by hand or send in your paperwork to the USDA.  If you elect to send in please allow adequate time for sending in and the return back to you.


Albany, NY


Veterinary Export Trade Services

500 New Karner Rd. 2nd Floor

Albany, NY 12205


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time, except holidays