All our vets are OVs (Official Veterinarians) and able to complete pet passports. From the 1st of January 2012 the system has been very much simplified. The animal needs a microchip and a rabies vaccine. Three weeks after the vaccine the animal may travel freely to and from Europe. The 6 month waiting period, the blood test and the tick treatment have been abolished. Tapeworm treatment has been retained for dogs only, the treatment must be given between 1 and 5 days (24 to 120 hours) before you’re scheduled to arrive in the UK. If you are going for a short break this can be done in the UK before travel. So long as you keep your rabies boosters up to date (on or before the ‘valid until’) then the passport remains valid.
We endeavour to send you a vaccine reminder in advance of the booster becoming due, but due to the unreliability of computers and the postal service reminders cannot be guaranteed. It remains the owner’s responsibility to get boosters done on time.
The scheme is set up to protect the United Kingdom from rabies, if you are going to warmer areas you need to speak to us in advance as your pet will need some specific preventative measures against tropical parasitic diseases. It would be a reasonable protection to ensure your pet is protected against ticks and tapeworm even once this is not a requirement of the pet passport scheme. .