Information for vets
Any New Zealand-registered veterinarian can prepare a pet for export. But only certain vets can sign and issue an export certificate.
Types of vets involved in animal exports
There are 3 types of veterinarians involved in animal exports:
- a New Zealand-registered vet
- an MPI-approved vet
- an official MPI vet.
Any New Zealand-registered vet can prepare an animal for export and give them all the treatments they need. If a cat or dog is going to Australia, then an MPI-approved vet will sign and issue the export certificate. These are New Zealand-registered vets who have been approved by us to sign and issue export certificates for cats and dogs to Australia only.
An official vet is employed by MPI. Their job is to:
- make sure all live animals meet export and animal welfare requirements
- issue export certificates
- issue animal welfare export certificates
- work close to the areas where animals leave New Zealand, like ports and airports.
Check the latest OMAR requirements
When you're preparing a pet for export, make sure you read the latest Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs). We update them often and requirements can change. Requirements differ depending on the destination country and species of animal.
Looking for rabies vaccine and Imidocarb?
Vets can order the rabies vaccination and Imidocarb from AsureQuality.
For Imidocarb, email AsureQuality – email@example.com
Cats and dogs to Australia
MPI-approved vets can sign and issue export certificates for cats and dogs travelling to Australia.
MPI Export Programme for cats and dogs to Australia
All certification must follow the MPI export programme for cats and dogs to Australia. The programme contains all the requirements that vets and their practices have to meet to be approved to issue export certificates. AsureQuality Limited is the current service provider for this programme.
- Find forms for the export programme
- Download the export programme for cats and dogs to Australia [PDF, 1.3 MB]
- Download the clarifications of the programme issued by MPI [PDF, 94 KB]
Always peer review the certificate before issuing
When you have completed a certificate, we encourage you to get it peer reviewed before issuing to the client. This is a useful technique that can often highlight errors at an early stage of the export process.
Completing the online assessment
MPI-approved veterinarians must complete an online assessment with a score of at least 90% to ensure they're competent to issue export certificates for cats and dogs travelling to Australia.
The assessment is done using Tiritiri – MPI's training portal. It's usually completed prior to the veterinarians' practice's audit by AsureQuality.
When taking the online assessment, vets should be familiar with the current MPI export programme and any clarifications issued, the export certificate, and the Owner Statutory Declaration (OSD) form.
Note, an optional practice test is also provided in Tiritiri. It can be used by vets at any time to practice for the cats and dogs assessment with unlimited attempts and no passing grade.
First time access to Tiritiri
To take the cats and dogs online assessment, you'll need to contact AsureQuality to get your initial Tiritiri account activation instructions so you can log-in.
Include these details in your email:
- your full name
- your veterinarian registration number
- your practice name and MPI approval number
- your personal email address.
You'll be sent an activation link and detailed instructions directly to your email address.
Subsequent access to Tiritiri
If you have already activated your Tiritiri account, you can take the assessment at any time by logging in to Tiritiri using the link above.
Who to contact
If you have questions for MPI about the information on this page, email firstname.lastname@example.org