JCS Livestock

Pet Shipping to Australia

 
Here is a brief outline of the requirements for shipping cats and dogs to Australia- as you can see, they are quite complicated!  All pets flying to Australia will need to go into quarantine for 30 days. 

The quarantine stations are based in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in order of largest to smallest.  If you require an onward flight to another destination such as Brisbane or Darwin we can help to arrange this for you.

These requirements are up-to-date as of 1st Jan 2012- please note that these now include a rabies vaccination and blood test, which affects the timing of your pet's move!

 REQUIREMENTS FOR CATS TO AUSTRALIA


 

1) YOUR CAT WILL NEED AND EXPORT PERMIT FROM DEFRA WHICH WILL BE SENT TO YOUR VET 10 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPORT.


2) AN IMPORT PERMIT FROM AQIS IN AUSTRALIA WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED- THE RNATT CERTIFICATE (SEE NUMER 6 BELOW).WILL BE REQUIRED (THIS MUST BE CERTIFIED BY AN LVI VET) PRIOR TO IMPORT PERMIT APPLICATION.

3) CATS MUST BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES WHEN THE ANIMAL IS AT LEAST 3 MONTHS OLD.  THE VACCINATION MUST HAVE BEEN GIVEN WITHIN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO EXPORT.

4) CATS MUST HAVE HAD THE RABIES NEUTRALISING ANTIBODY TITRE TEST (RNATT).

IF THE CAT HAS NEVER BEEN RABIES VACCINATED THEN AQIS RECOMMEND THAT AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS ELAPSE BETWEEN THE RABIES VACCINATION AND THE BLOOD SAMPLING.

·        THE BLOOD TEST RESULT MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED BEFORE THE IMPORT PERMIT CAN BE APPLIED FOR- A VET WILL NEED TO COMPLETE AN RNATT DECLARATION AS PART OF THE APPLICATION.
·        CATS MUST REMAIN IN THE COUNTRY OF EXPORT FOR AT LEAST 60 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE BLOOD SAMPLING FOR THE RNATT
·        THE BLOOD TEST CAN NOT BE OLDER THAN 12 MONTHS AT THE TIME OF EXPORT.
·        A TOTAL OF 180 DAYS MUST HAVE LAPSED FROM THE DATE THAT THIS BLOOD WAS SAMPLED BEFORE THE CAT CAN BE RELEASED FROM THE QUARANTINE STATION IN AUSTRALIA.
·        THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME THIS CAN BE IS 30 DAYS, AND THE MAXIMUM IS 120 DAYS, DEPENDING ON WHEN THE BLOOD TEST WAS DONE.

 E.G. IF THE CAT WAS MICROCHIPPED, VACCINATED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS AND THEN BLOOD TESTED 150 DAYS AGO, IT CAN TRAVEL AND ONLY DO 30 DAYS QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL.  IF IT WAS ONLY TESTED 80 DAYS BEFORE TRAVEL IT MUST DO 100 DAYS IN QUARANTINE. 
 
5)      CATS MUST BE VACCINATED AGAINST:
·        FELINE ENTERITIS
·        FELINE RHINOTRACHEITIS
·        FELINE CALICIVIRUS

VACCINATIONS MUST HAVE BEEN GIVEN AT LEAST 14 DAYS AND NOT MORE THAN 12 MONTHS FROM EXPORT DATE.

6) CATS NEED TO BE EXAMINED BY AN LVI VET (LOCAL VETERINARY INSPECTOR) WITHIN 4 DAYS OF EXPORT. WHERE PART A OF THE IMPORT / EXPORT PAPERWORK NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED & THE CAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED FOR EXTERNAL & INTERNAL PARASITES(THE EXTERNAL TREATMENT MUST BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST TICKS & FLEAS).

7) ON THE DAY OF EXPORT WE WILL REQUIRE ALONG WITH THE CATS THE COMPLETED IMPORT & EXPORT PAPERWORK (ORIGINALS) AND THE VACCINATION RECORDS (COPY).

REQUIREMENTS FOR DOGS TO AUSTRALIA

 


1) YOUR DOG WILL NEED AND EXPORT PERMIT FROM DEFRA WHICH WILL BE SENT TO YOUR VET 10 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPORT.


2) AN IMPORT PERMIT FROM AQIS IN AUSTRALIA WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED- THE RNATT CERTIFICATE (SEE NUMER 6 BELOW).WILL BE REQUIRED (THIS MUST BE CERTIFIED BY AN LVI VET) PRIOR TO IMPORT PERMIT APPLICATION.

3) DOGS MUST BE MICROCHIPPED.

4) ALL PETS MUST BE MORE THAN 6 MONTHS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF EXPORT.


5) DOGS MUST BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES WHEN THE ANIMAL IS AT LEAST 3 MONTHS OLD.  THE VACCINATION MUST HAVE BEEN GIVEN WITHIN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO EXPORT.


6) DOGS MUST HAVE HAD THE RABIES NEUTRALISING ANTIBODY TITRE TEST (RNATT).


         IF THE DOG HAS NEVER BEEN RABIES VACCINATED THEN AQIS RECOMMEND THAT AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS ELAPSE BETWEEN THE RABIES VACCINATION AND THE BLOOD SAMPLING.


·        THE BLOOD TEST RESULT MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED BEFORE THE IMPORT PERMIT CAN BE APPLIED FOR- A VET WILL NEED TO COMPLETE AN RNATT DECLARATION AS PART OF THE APPLICATION.
·       DOGS MUST REMAIN IN THE COUNTRY OF EXPORT FOR AT LEAST 60 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE BLOOD SAMPLING FOR THE RNATT
·        THE BLOOD TEST CAN NOT BE OLDER THAN 12 MONTHS AT THE TIME OF EXPORT.
·        A TOTAL OF 180 DAYS MUST HAVE LAPSED FROM THE DATE THAT THIS BLOOD WAS SAMPLED BEFORE THE DOG CAN BE RELEASED FROM THE QUARANTINE STATION IN AUSTRALIA.
·        THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME THIS CAN BE IS 30 DAYS, AND THE MAXIMUM IS 120 DAYS, DEPENDING ON WHEN THE BLOOD TEST WAS DONE.

E.G. IF THE DOG WAS MICROCHIPPED, VACCINATED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS AND THEN BLOOD TESTED 150 DAYS AGO, IT CAN TRAVEL AND ONLY DO 30 DAYS QUARANTINE ON ARRIVAL.  IF IT WAS ONLY TESTED 80 DAYS BEFORE TRAVEL IT MUST DO 100 DAYS IN QUARANTINE, AND SO ON.
 
7) DOGS MUST HAVE HIS/HER FULL ANNUAL VACCINATIONS AS FOLLOWS
·         CANINE DISTEMPER
·         INFECTIOUS HEPATITIS
·         CANINE PARVOVIRUS
·         PARAINFLUENEZA
And KENNEL COUGH.


THIS WILL READ AS “DHPPi” OR “DHLPPi” (-INCLUDING LEPTOSPIROSIS)*.
THESE VACCINATIONS MUST HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED MORE THAN 14 DAYS NOT MORE THAN 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE*

8) DOGS MUST BE BLOOD TESTED FOR BRUCELLA, LEPTOSPIROSIS, LEISHMANIOSIS & EHRLICHIA WITHIN 30 DAYS OF EXPORT.  THE VET MUST RECORD THE DOG’S MICROCHIP NUMBER ON THE TEST SUBMISSION FORM AND THE RESULTS MUST HAVE THE NUMBER ON.

9) DOGS NEED TO BE TREATED FOR TICKS/EXTERNAL PARASITES WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER THE BLOOD HAS BEEN DRAWN (FRONTLINE)

10) AS LONG AS THE TEST RESULTS COME BACK FROM TEH LABORATORY NEGATIVE WE CAN PROCEED.

11) FINAL VET CHECK 48 HOURS PRIOR TO EXPORT, DOG TREATED FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARASITES (FRONTLINE & DRONTAL) AND YOUR VET TO COMPLETE SECTION A FOR THE EXPORT/ IMPORT PERMITS.

12) DELIVER THE DOG ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE WITH ORIGINAL IMPORT AND EXPORT PERMITS, COPIES OF VACCINATIONS AND COPIES OF BLOOD TESTS.

*A VACCINATION AGAINST LEPTOSPIROSIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER AUSTRALIA, BUT IS OFTEN PART OF A DOG’S ANNUAL VACCINATIONS IN THE UK. WE RECOMMEND THAT THE DOG NOT BE VACCINATED AGAINST LEPTOSPIROSIS IF THE VACCINATIONS ARE DUE CLOSE TO THE DATE OF DEPARTURE (AROUND 6 MONTHS BEFORE) AS IT CAN RESULT IN A POSITIVE BLOOD TEST RESULT, WHICH WILL MEAN A RE-TEST, AND A POSSIBLE DELAY.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME VETERINARY PRACTICES VARY VACCINATION REGIMES. PLEASE CHECK YOUR VACCINATION RECORDS, CHECK WITH YOUR VET OR FEEL FREE TO GIVE US A CALL.

 

 

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