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IRegs for LIVE Animals

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


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


The health certificates for export of horses from the United States to Australia were updated.  The updated health certificates must be used effective October 2, 2019.  A summary of the updates can be found here.

Aquaculture / 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)


Visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website for information about exporting your pets.

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock whose requirements are not listed above, 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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