Overseas Pet Travel

Our experience can make a difference

Dandenong Veterinary Hospital has assisted thousands of pet owners all over Melbourne prepare for taking a pet overseas. Our experience is vital to providing you with piece of mind that the preparations necessary shall be undertaken with the utmost care to avoid costly errors that less-experienced operators could make.

Maybe your dog needs a rabies vaccination? Animal export and preparations for international animal travel is one of our important services to the Melbourne community. We have decades of experience amongst us with export preparations!

Whatever the reason your pet is departing Australia for foreign shores, be it leaving for a holiday, a special show, or permanent emigration, if you intend to export your pet(s) overseas, then there are a number of requirements that have to be fulfilled before your pet can leave Australia.

AQIS Accreditation is no longer mandatory for our veterinarians to assist you in the export preparation process, however these previous AQIS accredited veterinarians within our practice bring the necessary experience that you deserve to prepare any companion animal export:

Dr Darren Shortt
Dr Jessica Morse

Where to start?

Download our International Pet Travel summary document (DVH-International-Pet-Travel-Handout). We created this document to give you a broad overview of the steps you need know.

We perform Export Examinations and documentation for companion animals (such as dogs, cats, rabbits etc) that are travelling overseas. Depending upon the destination, there are specified requirements that an animal must fulfil before it is allowed to enter the destination country. These may include various tests, vaccination and microchipping requirements. You will need to speak to one of our AQIS accredited veterinarians to find out the requirements for entry into a specified destination country.

What next?

Please call us on (03) 9792 4787 to leave your details with us and one of our AQIS accredited veterinarians will contact you. When you call, please have the following information ready:

  • Your full name, contact number and email
  • Your destination country
  • The species of animal that requires certification (ie Dog, Cat)
  • The number of animals that require certification
  • The age of each animal
  • Estimated date of departure


AQIS website
Visit this site to view the import requirements for a destination country. Once our veterinarian has determined the necessary requirements for your destination country, we will call you to advise you of these requirements and we can then make an appointment for you and your pet(s).