The pet is 9 years old and was given a primary vaccination for rabies at 3 months of age and was microchipped at the same time. The pet has received 4 rabies vaccinations (1 primary + 3 3-yr boosters) and has rabies certificates for all vaccinations. However, there was a lapse in coverage between the 2nd and 3rd boosters.
EU/UK Rabies Rules:
- The pet does meet this rule: Primary rabies must be given to the pet after or on the same date as the microchip implant (or the date of the microchip scan).
- The pet does meet this rule: Pet must not travel until 21 days have passed following the primary rabies vaccination.
- The pet does NOT meet this rule: Pet must be able to prove that it has not had a lapse between vaccinations
Since there was a lapse between the rabies vaccination, the 3rd booster given does not qualify as a “booster.” Any vaccination given after a lapse is considered a “primary” and is only good for 1 year. However, since the rabies certificate will list the validity date range as 3 years, the 3rd booster can not be used for the pet to travel.
What to do:
The pet must be revaccinated, and the new vaccination will need to be listed as a primary vaccination with a 1-year validity date range on the rabies certificate and the international health certificate (the validity date ranges must match on the rabies certificate and the health certificate). The 21-day wait period will apply to the new vaccination, so the vaccination must be administered no less than 21 days before travel.
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