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Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
CVI checklist
(CVI = Certificate of Veterinary Inspection; aka ´health certificate´)
The following checklist is based on the most common "paperwork" errors made on CVIs. These errors are violations of your accreditation standards and can cause certificates to be Disapproved by the state of destination. They can also cause problems for your client while the animal is in transit or when it arrives.
Please make sure your paperwork is complete and accurate.
  1. Is all the information on the certificate legible?
  2. Is the certificate signed? (No rubber stamp signatures.)
  3. Is the certificate properly dated? (Use date of inspection or exam.)
  4. Are both clinic name and mailing address provided and legible?
  5. Is the full mailing address for shipper/consignor included?
  6. Is the full mailing address for receiver/consignee included?
  7. Is purpose of the shipment indicated?
    (Breeding, feeding, training, exhibition, new owner, moving, visit & return, etc.)
  8. Were state-of-destination´s current import requirements confirmed?
    (Contact state of destination for details of their import requirements.)
  9. Was import permit obtained, if required?
  10. Are number, age, breed, and sex of animal(s) in the shipment indicated?
  11. Is brucellosis vaccination status indicated for female cattle?
    Whether vaccination is required or not, vaccination status must be provided.
  12. Are rabies vaccination details indicated for dogs and cats?
    [Manufacturer & serial number of vaccine, date of vaccination, date for revaccination.]
  13. Is rabies vaccination current?
    Many states require ANNUAL vaccination regardless of vaccine used.
  14. If testing was required, you must indicate:
    Date sample was taken, individual ID of tested animals, and test results.
    Name and location of the lab which performed the test(s).