Department of Comparative Medicine

Shipping animals?

You may request a domestic or international Health Certificate through AOps with a service request, in which your animals are housed. Please allow 5 business days for Veterinary Services to process your request. Last minute requests may incur an expedited fee. Instructions are as follows:

  1. Once the Receiving Institution has approved the shipping date, submit a Health Certificate Request service request in AOps with the required information.
  2. Check and label all cages with the blue Health Certificate Request cards. You may obtain them from the facility Veterinary Services office or in the Animal Housing Rooms.
  3. Verify the correct animals are in the cages and that their identification matches what you submitted on the request form.
  4. Our team will notify you once the animals have been examined by a veterinarian and the signed health certificate will be emailed to you.

Shipping Aquatic Animals?

DO NOT USE AOps for Aquatic Animal Health Certificates! 

For International Shipments only

A USDA stamp of approval (endorsement) is required for all international Health Certificates.

PLAN AHEAD: If your health certificate is international, please check with the receiving country for any additional requirements (ie: additional paperwork). This is the responsibility of the group to obtain these documents prior to submitting a health certificate request form. Also, timing for international health certificates may be critical. Some countries require that a health certificate is signed within 3 days prior to shipment.

Once you obtain your signed Health Certificate (and supplemental documentation, if any) from Veterinary Services, the document(s) will need to be overnight FedEx or taken in person to the USDA office in Olympia, WA for endorsement.

For more information, contact your local USDA office at (360)753-9430 or visit their website.

Health Certificate Processing Times:

Please allow 5 business days for Veterinary Services to process your request. Requests with less than 5 days notice will incur an expedited fee.