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Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows dogs and cats to enter the UK from EU Member States and specific rabies-free countries, without having to undergo quarantine. 

Blood testing

One condition of the scheme is that, after microchipping and vaccination, pets should undergo a blood test to determine the level of rabies neutralising antibodies. The AHVLA is recognised under the scheme as being a laboratory authorised to carry out this test.

Rabies antibody testing at AHVLA

The test we offer is the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) recommended Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralisation (FAVN) test.  Test Quality Assurance is confirmed by participation in bi-annual external proficiency assessments. As an additional assurance the test is accredited to ISO 17025.

Samples (preferably 1ml of serum or 2ml of clotted blood) should be sent to AHVLA as quickly as possible with the submission form:

For further information please contact the AHVLA/PETS Rabies Helpline

Tel: +44(0)1932 357345
Fax: +44(0)1932 359519
Email: lab.services@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

Page last modified: 22 April 2013

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