The term "health certificate", or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, is a document that is completed prior to transport of a companion animal into Vermont by a veterinarian licensed in the state of the companion animal's origin. Health certificates document the consignor and consignee names and addresses and confirm that the animal to be moved is free of contagious disease prior to transport.
The examination of an animal and completion of its health certificate is an important prerequisite to moving that animal interstate. Vermont only requires the completion of health certificates in instances when companion animals are being imported into Vermont for purposes of exchange, sale, resale or adoption.
If you are permanently relocating to Vermont with your companion animal or traveling to Vermont with your companion animal to go on vacation or attend school, a health certificate is not required. However, it is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian prior to travel to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to handle the travel and that he or she is appropriately vaccinated.