VCA North Atlanta Animal Hospital

Health Certificates

Traveling with Your Pet

Our veterinarians can do the required health exams, blood samples, vaccines and prepare the certifications you will need for international travel, by appointment. Below is some general advice from the USDA to better prepare you for the process. Please make sure you read everything before you come in to your appointment.

Your veterinarian and USDA can supply information and assistance in the process, but the PET OWNER is ultimately responsible to ensure requirements are met. Some travelers find that companies which specialize in pet shipping are useful, such as

Useful Websites

• State Regulations:(go to state page)

USDA/APHIS State Offices (some countries require a Government official to sign the health certificate)

• Foreign Country requirements listed by Country:(go to page)

• If you are taking a pet to another country, you may wish to contact that country's consulate or embassy for up-to-date information A listing of consulates can be found at: ( US Department of State website).

• If coming to the USA, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements on importing your pet.

•Disease restrictiions can be found at the APHIS Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export (NCIE).

" U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) publication on pets: (pdf)

If you have questions or concerns for exporting animals to a foreign country, you should contact the Veterinary Services Area Office in the State from which your pet will be exported.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.