We have posted before about the potential issue regarding the use of Rabisyva VP-13 to vaccinate your pet against rabies.
Unlike most vaccinations which give sufficient immunity for 1 year in a single dose, Rabisyva VP-13 requires 2 doses 15 days apart when first administered, from the age of 3 months upwards.
We have also posted about the consequences with animals that have been signed off and transported under TRACES still being detained by DEFRA/AVHLA in the UK when they have been to the property to inspect the animal.
During recent transports we have noticed an increase use of the VP-13 vaccination, but without the second vaccination being done. When this is the case we will NOT transport your animal as it just puts all the other animals at risk of a delay if there is a problem at Pet Passport in Calais, and they are getting much more vigilant with a list of rabies vaccinations to check against.
If you can’t persuade your vet to use another vaccination then PLEASE ensure that they administer a second vaccination 15 days after the first one, and that the second one is at last 21 days prior to the transport date.
If you are in any doubt please email us a copy of the passport so we can check it for you.
PLEASE ensure that you check that your vet has used a rabies vaccination approved by the UK if you animal is being transported to the UK. You can see the DEFRA list here