With all the scaremongering about a No Deal Brexit, Mum took us to the vet to have our Rabies Titer Tests back in early December.
In preparation for travel, we recently went back to check that everything is in order for our upcoming travels should we end up with a no-deal Brexit. We’re taking all precautions – can’t be island bound!
May’s comment: With the impending Brexit – or not, who knows, we have been planning for the worst case scenario should UK not be granted third country status after the 29th March – and to make sure we can still travel onto the continent freely.
Following the advice of DEFRA, we went ahead to take the Rabies Titer test. Even if your pets are up to date with rabies vaccinations, a blood test is required. The results must show that your pet has a rabies antibody level of at least 0.15 IU/ml.
The timing is essential. You have to wait three months from the date of successful blood sample was taken before travelling.
Therefore, in order for us to travel in middle of April, we had our blood tests done in early December. The results took almost two weeks before they came back. That took us to mid-December when the vet could certify that their response to anti-rabies vaccination was at a level of serum neutralising antibody equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.
In addition, your pet must be microchipped and have been vaccinated against rabies before travelling abroad.
The additional step is you must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate for European travel. Because if there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.
However, after that, pets that have previously had a blood test and have up-to-date rabies vaccination do not need to repeat the blood test. But a health certificate from an OV is still required for each trip to the EU. You will need to prove your pet’s vaccination history and a successful rabies antibody blood test result.
For more information, check out DEFRA’s guidelines.