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International health certificates are required for the export of Equine from the United States to Canada. Health certificate exams are performed to confirm the animal is in good health and free from clinical signs of infection or contagious diseases. Please see the bullets below for important information regarding international health certificates.

  • A current coggins valid within the last 6 months is mandatory in order to complete the health certificate. A copy of the horses current coggins needs to be sent to the office or given to the Doctor performing the health exam if the coggins was completed by another veterinarian.
  • In addition to a current coggins, the office will need the shipment date and name and address of the destination and shipper.
  • Once the exam is complete, your accredited veterinarian will submit the health certificate online to the local USDA office in Albany, NY. The USDA office will endorse the health certificate and send it straight to the owner or shipper through USPS or FedEx Express (depending on how quickly the certificate is needed).
  • Allow for 5-7 business days from the day of your appointment to the day you receive your Canadian Health Certificate.

Please contact the office if you have further questions or concerns (802) 893-6800 or office@vlac.net.