Certificate of Veterinary Inspection

Depending on your travel destination, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) may be required.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has created the following checklist based on the most common paperwork errors made on CVIs, also known as health certificates. These errors are violations of accreditation standards and can cause certificates to be disapproved by the state or country of destination. They can also cause problems for pet owners while the animal is in transit or when it arrives.

Please make sure your paperwork is complete and accurate:

  1. Is all the information on the certificate legible?
  2. Is the certificate signed? (No rubber stamp signatures.)
  3. Is the certificate properly dated? (Use date of inspection or exam.)
  4. Are both clinic name and mailing address provided and legible?
  5. Is the full mailing address for shipper/consignor included?
  6. Is the full mailing address for receiver/consignee included?
  7. Is purpose of the shipment indicated?
    (Breeding, feeding, training, exhibition, new owner, moving, visit and return, etc.)
  8. Were state-of-destination´s current import requirements confirmed?
    (Contact state of destination for details of their import requirements.)
  9. Was import permit obtained, if required?
  10. Are number, age, breed, and sex of animal(s) in the shipment indicated?
  11. Is brucellosis vaccination status indicated for female cattle?
    Whether vaccination is required or not, vaccination status must be provided.
  12. Are rabies vaccination details indicated for dogs and cats?
    (Manufacturer and serial number of vaccine, date of vaccination, date for revaccination.)
  13. Is rabies vaccination current?
    Some states require annual vaccination, regardless of vaccine (1 or 3 year) used.
  14. If testing was required, you must indicate:
    Date sample was taken, individual ID of tested animals, and test results.
    Name and location of the lab which performed the test(s).

Legibility counts on official documents. It is important to print or type both the veterinarian's name and the full clinic name and address on all official documents: CVIs, test charts, vaccination reports, etc. If there's a question or problem and the clinic information is incomplete and ODA can't decipher the doctor's highly stylized signature, they don't know whom to contact. A rubber stamp is acceptable for clinic information, but not for signatures.

Veterinarians: More information on CVIs is available in our Resources section.

Published: April 6, 2011;    Updated:

Filed Under: Travel, Companion Animals, Cats, Dogs

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

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