Export of Dogs and Cats to Australia

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Australia's dog and cat import conditions are amongst the most stringent in the world. All the required information for exporting dogs and cats to Australia is available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia website.

An import permit for bringing cats and dogs to Australia must be obtained prior to entry into the country. Do not use the Veterinary Export Health Certificate (Appendix A) that is found on the last page of the import permit. Instead, use the following certificates:

Close attention must be paid to all aspects of the application process, particular time constraints, fees and quarantine requirements that are applicable to your particular situation. If any part of the documentation is deemed unsatisfactory by Australian officials, there is a risk of the following: extra disease testing, an extended quarantine stay, declined entry of the animal into the country, or destruction of the animal - all at the expense of the owner.

Listed below are ten, simple but critical, things that a veterinarian/exporter/owner can do, when preparing a dog or cat for export to Australia, that will help ensure the animal can be imported without having its quarantine period extended, or being re-exported or euthanized.

This list must be read in conjunction with the import permit and the relevant step-by-step guide available on the department's website.

  1. Scan and verify the animal's microchip every time it is tested, treated or examined prior to export.
  2. Accurately record the animal's microchip number on every document associated with the animal including any:
    1. treatment, vaccination and examination certificates
    2. laboratory submission forms which accompany blood samples for testing
  3. Only administer compliant external parasite treatments to animals being prepared for export and record the product name and active ingredient(s) on the health certificate.
    1. A list (not exhaustive) of compliant external parasite treatments can be found on the department's website.
    2. External parasite treatments must be topical (not oral) and kill ticks and fleas on contact.
    3. Bravecto® (fluralaner), NexGard® (afoxolaner), Advantage Multi® (moxidectin) and Revolution® (selamectin) are not compliant external parasite treatments.
  4. Re-administer external parasite treatments in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements so that coverage is continuous until export – if the product needs to be applied monthly, it must be applied no later than the 31st day from last application.
  5. Administer internal parasite treatments that are effective against both nematodes (roundworms) and cestodes (tapeworms).
  6. Administer any vaccines required by the import conditions strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements, including the primary course and any boosters. Record the vaccination date, product name and booster due date on the health certificate.
  7. Fully complete any laboratory submission form including the animal's microchip number, date of blood sampling, date of signature and request the correct laboratory test type(s).
  8. Verify that the animal's microchip number is correct on any laboratory report received and that all laboratory reports include the date of blood sampling, laboratory test type, test results, and interpretation of results.
  9. Provide the original laboratory reports to the exporter.
  10. Ensure that only animals that are fit to travel to Australia and fit to undergo 10 days post-entry quarantine are prepared for export to Australia.

Please note that a CFIA veterinarian must endorse (sign and stamp) all pages of the Veterinary Health Certificate. Additionally, all laboratory reports that accompany dogs and cats bound for Australia need to be signed and stamped by the CFIA's veterinarian who completes the final veterinary health certification.

If you have difficulties viewing the information contained on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia website, you can contact your local CFIA Animal Health District Office to receive a copy of the necessary documents.

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