THE Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformations, Industry and Labour has advised the public and persons planning to travel overseas with their pets during this period of emergency, that their animals must first be inspected.
A release from the ministry explained that Chief Veterinary Office Dr. Kathian Hackshaw, said the animals will have to be identified using either a microchip for international and regional travel, or a temporary band with a unique number for regional travel.
Owners are also required to take along all medical records of animals to the inspection appointment to facilitate the issuance of the required export health certificate which will be provided free of cost.
These requirements have been agreed to by the CARICOM Chief Veterinary Officers, and animals will be accepted into the countries once they have their identification, medical records and export health certificate.
Persons are asked to call the Animal Health and Production Division at 493-1749 to make appointments or enquires concerning travel with pets to ensure a smooth transition.