Just as it is more common for us to travel and live overseas, we are now seeing many more jet setting pets. Moving overseas is no reason to give up your loyal companion. Pets are very adaptable (probably a lot more than we ever give them credit for), and are more than happy to live in any situation as long as you are there as well.

One of the services we offer at the Ascot Veterinary Surgery is the preparation of animals (dogs and cats) for export overseas allowing you to take them almost anywhere in the world. Two of our Veterinarians are accredited with AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service). This means that treatments such as blood tests, specialised Vaccinations (e.g. Rabies) and final export health checks can be performed by these Veterinarians in our clinic. We are also able to issue the correct medical certificates required for travel.

We recommend and liaise with Pet transport companies who will organise your pets airline booking, travel cages and final destination travel requirements.

Like any major move some forward planning is definitely necessary so getting started sooner rather than later is advised. We also suggest checking with Aqis if you would like to return to Australia with your pet as in most cases they will require some quarantine in Sydney on the way back in. In some cases extra blood tests are required before you leave to facilitate re importation.

Unfortunately in some cases once they have resided in more exotic countries, it is not possible to bring them back, so it is definitely worth finding this out first.

Australia is in the enviable position of being one of the most disease free countries in the world and quarantine laws are designed to keep it this way. It does however mean that it is easy to travel to almost any destination with minimal delays.

If you need more information please contact us on 07 32682688.

The following link may help you obtain more country specific information.

ANIMEX - the database helps determine the requirements for exporting dogs and cats from Australia (provided by Australian Quarantine)