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New Zealand

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.

Animal Products

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.

New Zealand - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals

The most current protocols for exporting animals, semen and embryos to New Zealand are available on Biosecurity New Zealand's Import Health Standards Search website.

At the search page, enter the following information in the appropriate fields:

  • Commodity Name - use appropriate name (i.e., dog, cat, bovine embryos, bovine semen, horse, etc.)
  • From Country - select "United States of America"
  • Select the button "Search" and the database will retrieve the information requested.

Live Horses

 Additional information about exporting horses to New Zealand. 

Equine Semen

Aquaculture Animals

Additional information about export of aquaculture animals to New Zealand


The pet import information has been moved to the pet travel website clickhere

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