Pet Travel: Animal Health Certificates, Care & Advice

Booking pet travel can seem daunting, especially the first time – is your pet is healthy enough to travel, what vaccinations and care do they need, what is an Animal Health Certificate?

Choosing the right vet to help you can make all the difference.

Get an Animal Health Certificate for EU travel


How we can help

Travel Vet is an independent veterinary practice in Staines-upon-Thames, right next to Heathrow Airport, specialising in pet travel.

Our experienced Travel Vets have been helping pet owners fly and sail their pets to countries all over the world for many years – we’ll take care of your pet’s travel needs so you can focus on your own.

  1. All our vets are Official Veterinarians (OV), meaning they have the necessary qualifications and expertise to assist you with overseas pet travel.
  2. Our priorities are the health & wellbeing of your pet, and making sure the booking process and your pet’s journey are as stress-free as possible for your pet and you.
  3. We will work closely with you to ensure your pet is as happy, healthy, and as relaxed as they can be before their journey. Your pet is incredibly special to us too, and we will care for them as if they were our own.
  4. Travel Vet is the official nominated vet practice for Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC), as seen on TV


Travel Requirements & Documentation

When it comes to documentation, our vets are highly experienced in issuing Animal Health Certificates and travel permits and will take the hassle out of this for you.

Travel requirements and the time needed to arrange these will depend on where you are travelling to and from. This can take a fews weeks, or months for some destinations, so it’s important to make arrangements in plenty of time – take a look at the information below.

Where is your pet travelling to?

EU / Northern Ireland  Rest of the World  Arrivals into the UK


If you have any questions, or wish to discuss your pet’s upcoming trip, our vets will be happy to help so please get in touch. Contact us


Our pet travel & export services include:

  • Worldwide pet travel advice
  • Preparing travel documentation including Animal Health Certificates and acquiring any relevant permits
  • Pre-travel consultation including vet health checks and tests
  • Veterinary treatments
  • Certification
  • Official crate sealing
  • Callout service for last-minute treatment and travel documentation requests, and for veterinary emergencies
  • Veterinary care for pets arriving into the UK at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre and those transported to local quarantine facilities and Pet Hotels – Travel Vet is the official nominated vet practice for Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC), as seen on TV
  • Pre-flight document checks when using official pet shipping agents to spot and address any potential problems before your pet is due to depart – learn more.
  • Worldwide export services for birds, zoo animals and products of animal origin.


Pet travel consultations at travel Vet

When you book a pet travel consultation with us, we want to put you and your pet at ease. A travel consultation at the Travel Vet will include:

  • A full health check is performed to check that your pet is ‘fit to travel’ and free from contagious disease. Any underlying health problems that could be affected by travel or stress will be discussed with you.
  • We will provide you with recommendations for travel crates and getting pets used to them. We work alongside several pet shipping agents.
  • We can also help with anxious pets to provide solutions for them to travel more comfortably.
  • The relevant documents are completed i.e. Animal Health Certificates (AHC), Export Health Certificates (EHC).
  • Any parasite treatments or blood tests needed are completed either at the same appointment or a follow-up appt.

Please note: If Travel Vet is not your regular veterinary practice, we may need to obtain your pet’s medical history notes from your own vet practice. Please bring your pet’s vaccination card with you if you have one.

If you are not close enough to our Staines-upon-Thames vet practice to visit with your pet prior to your trip, we can provide advice and guidance on the tests and treatments required alongside your local vet.

Get an Animal Health Certificate for EU travel


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