USDA Health Certification
Official USDA Health Certification
Find countries that require USDA Certification.
All EU countries as well as many other countries now require that a veterinarian certificate issued in the United States have an official USDA Endorsement stamp.
This endorsement is issued by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) VS (Veterinary Services) Area Office in the State in which your accredited veterinarian resides
The following is the procedure for acquiring this certification.
Have an accredited veterinarian complete the veterinary health certificate for the country you are visiting, which if you are traveling to an EU Country is the new EU FORM 998. If you do not have the forms for the country you are traveling to or need the EU Form 998 you can find it at Pet Travel Store.
The accredited veterinarian will complete the form including
vaccination information and that the pet is parasite free and in
good health. The accredited veterinarian must then sign it. Please note that,
As of October 1, 2011, the USDA has closed the enrollment for existing veterinarians
to become accredited. Effective that date, all veterinary certificates which must be
certified must carry the veterinarian's USDA certification number.
Mail or carry the original of the form to the USDA/APHIS/VS Area Office in your state and they will endorse and stamp them. There is a fee per form...more than 1 animal can be listed on a form. If your vet uses separate forms for each animal, it will be a separate fee per form. For countries where there is a titer or blood tests there is an additional cost.
If the Area office is not located nearby, you can send the forms by mail. You will need to include:
- The original of the form
- The payment in the form of a check or money order.
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning the form to you.
We recommend using expedited service both ways that offers delivery tracking.
Each state has a USDA/APHIS/VS area veterinarian. You can
find the nearest office here:
For additional information, call the USDA Veterinary Services office at (301) 734-8364. Public inquiries should be directed to the nearest APHIS/VS Area Office.