Have Certificate, Will Travel

You fill them out on a regular basis, and we want to help make the process a bit easier.

 We’re talking about certificates of veterinary inspection, also known – albeit inaccurately – as health certificates. When a client wants to travel with their pet, especially by plane, they have to have one and you have to help fill it out.

 That’s why the AVMA is making available a model certificate of veterinary inspection for companion animals to travel in the United States. Developed by the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service with the help of our Membership and Field Services Division, it’s our hope that both you and your clients will find the form user-friendly and suitable for your needs. The form can also be used for boarding, shows, exhibitions and training classes. We invite you to take a look.

9 thoughts on “Have Certificate, Will Travel

  1. @Dr. Scott Koenig
    Thanks for writing. We do advise veterinarians who are considering using the AVMA’s model certificate of veterinary inspection to check with their state to make sure that they will accept the document, as there may be different requirements in each state.
    Dr. Patricia Wohlferth-Bethke
    Assistant Director
    Membership & Field Services Division

  2. Looks great. Is this something we can start using or do we need to check with our state agencies first?

  3. Kudos on the development of the model certificate of veterinary inspection: it looks very complete, and should make life somewhat easier. The problem I’m seeing is with the PDF fill-in format as it currently stands–the font size for the fill in portions prints extremely small, which I’m sure will not thrill anyone inspecting the documents. Unless I’m missing something, there’s no way to change this font size as you fill out the form, so I think it would be beneficial if the form developers would change the formatting for the fill-in portions to rectify this problem.

    • Thanks for the kind words and constructive feedback. We’ll check into the issue you raised in an effort to increase the point size to improve readability of the model certificate of veterinary inspection.