As required by the importing country.
There is an
Import Health Standard (IHS) for importing dogs and cats.
- Certain cat breeds and hybrid animals are not eligible for export to New Zealand. Further information is available in the IHS.
Veterinary Certificates and other documents
New Zealand requires two veterinary certificates to be completed when exporting dogs and cats from Australia to New Zealand. These are
Veterinary Certificate A and
Veterinary Certificate B.
Veterinary Certificate A is to be completed and signed by the registered veterinarian preparing the animal for export.
The current Veterinary Certificate A for dogs and cats destined for New Zealand from Australia is available on the
New Zealand MPI website.
Prior to arrival in New Zealand, exporters are required to complete and provide New Zealand MPI with a
declaration relating to CIV and respiratory disease (DOCX 26 KB).
Veterinary Certificate B is to be completed and signed by the Australian Government Veterinary Officer.
Veterinary Certificate B requires certification for Canine brucellosis, Rabies and Leptospirosis caused by
Leptospira interrogans serovar
canicola. For this certification to be issued, the exporter does not need to provide any information.
Prior to arrival, importers must notify MPI of the impending arrival of the cat or dog at least five working days before the animals scheduled arrival time. Advice about how to
notify New Zealand MPI is on their website.
Upon arrival in New Zealand, dog/cat importers (or their agent) will be required to make a statutory declaration about the dog/cat being imported. This document will be provided on arrival.
Treatments and examinations
Veterinary Certificate A sets out the testing, treatments and examinations that must be completed prior to export by a registered veterinarian in accordance with the specified timeframes.
- be registered for use in Australia for the required purpose
- be administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations; and
- provide continuous coverage from the date of the first treatment to the date of second treatment.
A registered veterinarian will be able to assist an exporter to identify a product which will be compliant with New Zealand’s requirements.
New Zealand MPI have provided the Department with the
attached list of approved ectoparasite and endoparasite treatments (DOCX 35 KB).
- New Zealand MPI considers a month to be a calendar month and not just four weeks. Exporters may want to use an online date calculator to assist.
The registered veterinarian must conduct a final examination within the
two days prior to the animal’s departure from Australia.
The registered veterinarian
must vigorously examine the animal for external parasites.
They must comb through the coat of the animal thoroughly to inspect for any indication of ticks, fleas or flea dirt. If ticks or fleas are found on the animal upon arrival in New Zealand, the animal cannot be given biosecurity clearance. At the exporter’s expense, the animal may need to go to an approved quarantine facility for treatment or testing or return to Australia (if permitted).