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Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the animal or product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.


LIVE Animals


USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Original Ink
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Original Ink

Details: Health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.

Australia - Summary of Requirements for Animal

Australia’s import conditions for live animals are available on their Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) website.


Aquaculture and Aquatic animals

USDA, APHIS must endorse each page of the:
  • Health certificate
  • Species list (The species list can either be in the body of the health certificate or a separate page on plain paper.)

Ornamental fish – Changes to Australia’s list of ornamental fish considered suitable for live import into Australia
Note: The full list is available here.

Protocols available on BICON for export from the United States to Australia:

  • Marine aquarium fish
  • Freshwater aquarium fish
  • Fish for laboratory use (zebra fish)


For more information about exporting your pets click here.

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.

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