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

Three types of veterinarians are involved in animal exports:

  • New Zealand-registered vets – they can prepare an animal for export and give them the treatment they need
  • an MPI-approved vet – who can sign and issue export certificates but only for cats and dogs going to Australia
  • vets employed by MPI – they are called 'official vets'.

Official vets:

  • 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.

Export processes

Pet owners or pet exporters follow a process, depending on the type of animal and where it's going. The process for cats and dogs going to Australia has been made easier because New Zealand has an agreement with Australia. The agreement allows for an MPI-approved vet to issue the export certificate and no animal welfare export certificate is needed. 

This web page is for vets wanting information about:

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.

Ordering the rabies vaccine and Imidocarb

Vets can order these products from AsureQuality.

Where to send blood samples

You can send blood samples to:

Concerns about fitness for travel?

Our official vets can provide guidance if you have any concerns about a cat or dog's fitness for travel.

Approved parasite products for Australia

Parasite treatment must be effective against internal (effective against nematodes and cestodes) and external parasites (that kills ticks and fleas on contact) using drugs registered for that purpose in New Zealand. As a general rule, oral external parasite treatments do not meet Australian import conditions and should not be relied on for exporting dogs and cats to Australia.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' website includes a table of acceptable parasite treatments for use in preparing dogs and cats for export to Australia. The list is not exhaustive. But if you want to use an unlisted product, contact the department first to check that it will be appropriate.


Export programme – cats and dogs to Australia

MPI-approved vets can sign and issue export certificates for cats and dogs travelling to Australia. All certification must follow the MPI export programme. 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.

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. Use our export certificate worksheet for cat and dog exports – it will help you complete an export certificate accurately.

Download the export certificate worksheet [PDF, 318 KB]

Completing the online assessment

The Tiriti logo
Our online training portal.

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.

Email exports@asurequality.com

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 animalexports@mpi.govt.nz

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