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Pet Passports Procedure

Microchip

The microchip is a permanent method of identification. A small chip with a unique code is inserted under the skin. This must be done before the rabies vaccination and blood test.

Rabies Vaccination

We advise an initial course of 2 inoculations with a month's interval between them in order to ensure an adequate antibody titre (sufficient protection).

Rabies Antibody Titre Blood Test

This is carried out 30 days after the 2nd vaccination and serves to ensure that your pet has enough protection against rabies. Please bring your pet's certificate of vaccination and ensure that you know his/her date of birth. The blood is sent to an external laboratory for testing and it may take up to 4 weeks for the results to return.

Issuing the Pet Passport

This may be issued at any time after the above requirements have been met (and will expire on the date that the rabies booster is due).

Other Paperwork

Many of the countries participating in the pet travel scheme require a veterinary health certificate in addition to the pet passport. The health certificate is proof that the animal has been examined by a veterinary surgeon a certain amount of time before the departure date and is in a fit state to travel.

Contact DEFRA to confirm exactly what a specific country requires. Any additional paperwork will be forwarded directly to the practice. An import permit may also be required.

Important Note

Although the pet may now leave the UK to visit qualifying countries, he/she may not return to the UK unless 6 months have passed from the date that the blood sample was taken. Therefore it is necessary to begin the procedure at least 8 months before the proposed date of travel and ensure that rabies boosters are kept up to date in the future.