Traveling with Pets

An import permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the information of all animals. In order to obtain this permit, the intended animal must first be micro-chipped and its blood tested for Rabies Titer at an approved laboratory. The result of such tests must then be forwarded to:

 

 Chief Veterinary Officer
P.O. Box 1282
St.John’s Antigua
Tel/Fax: (268)460-1759

 

The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory

 

The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory is an approved Lab that uses the Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization Test (FAVN). The FAVN consists of a of a three-fold serum dilution series and is used to detect rabies virus neutralizing antibody after vaccination and is required by many rabies free countries in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced QUARANTINE PERIOD.

 

Specimen Requirement

1 ml serum without preservatives; spun and separated from the clot.
Microchip identification must be implanted prior to sample draw. 
NOTE: A waiting period of at least 14-21 days between rabies vaccination and sample draw is advised.

 

Processing Time

The test is initiated each week on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Results can be expected in the mail 10 – 14 days after the set-up date. Fax and/or phone results will only be granted upon request. KSU receives packages 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. However, the lab is only open Monday through Friday and samples will not be dated until they reach our lab.

 

Shipping Information

Serum should be packed in a leak-proof container with absorbent material. This should then be placed inside a container with dry ice or ice packs. An overnight or next day carrier is recommended since regular mail can take up to two weeks.

 

Cost

$35.00 by check, money order or credit card made payable to FAVN. Payment must be included at time of submission. A delay in testing may occur if payment is not included. For credit card payment, please contact the lab.

 

Send Samples to

Attn: Dr. Deborah J. Briggs, FAVN
Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory
1800 Denison Ave. Mosier Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506-5606
Tel: (785) 532-4483 Fax: 785) 532-4474 Email: rabies@vet.ksu.edu

 

Additional Advice

  • Always seek the advice of your veterinarian before flying any pet.

  • Please check with your airlines for list of requirements i.e. proof of vaccinations, a current health certificate, etc.

  • Airlines have specific requirements designed to ensure your pet's safety. Make sure that the kennel in which the animal is confined is approved for air travel.

  • ALWAYS leave a collar on your pet that has a tag with your name, your address and your pets name on it.

 

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