Bringing Household Pets to Wisconsin
Importing refers to animals being brought to Wisconsin for events, shows, and vacation travel, as well as animals relocating permanently to the state.
Import Requirements for Household Pets
You must provide a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) when importing a household pet. A CVI is required for animals entering Wisconsin by any mode of transportation, such as automobile, airplane or rail.
Alternative CVI forms are listed below; payment may be required. Some options may not be available in your state. Call your State Veterinarian's office to verify. If your State Veterinarian's office has another option not listed here, or if you are unsure if the CVI is accepted, contact the Import Coordinator.
Electronic forms from any of the following:
- Global Vet Link, AgView CVI, your State Veterinarian's office.
- The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) CVI for imports from Texas.
- Paper copies available from your State Veterinarian's office. DATCP accepts large animal forms for pets and wild animals if allowed by the state of origin (where the animal is coming from).
DATCP no longer accepts the computer-generated APHIS 7001 form which has no preprinted CVI number—older, multi-copy forms with printed numbers are still accepted.
CVIs must include the following:
- Complete physical destination address
- Age of animal
- Current veterinarian-administered rabies vaccination for dogs and cats five months and older with the date of vaccination and revaccination due date. Wisconsin accepts both valid one-year and three-year rabies vaccines, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
How to submit a CVI:
Veterinarians writing CVIs must send them to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Division of Animal Health. If veterinarians are submitting the CVIs to their State Veterinarian's office and that office is already forwarding the documents to Wisconsin, the veterinarian does not need to individually supply another copy.
If submitting an electronic CVI like Global Vet Link, AgView CVI, or an eCVI provided by the state of origin, the documents are automatically submitted to Wisconsin.
If writing paper CVIs, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to DATCP-DAH, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.
Not required for household pets:
- Testing, unless an imported dog is sexually intact and was purchased or obtained from an out-of-state auction (see import requirements for dogs below).
- Statements on the CVI.
- Import permit number, unless an imported dog is:
- Positive on a heartworm test in the state of origin and has not completed treatment recommended by the American Heartworm Society (see import requirements for dogs below).
- Sexually intact and was purchased or obtained from an out-of-state auction (see import requirements for dogs below).
Not required for exotic pets:
- Testing or vaccinations for most exotic pet species, such as monkeys, sugar gliders, reptiles and amphibians.
- Official individual ID (although this can be added to the CIV if the animal is identified).
Additional Import Requirements for Dogs
Dogs Purchased at Auctions
Effective September 12, 2016, all sexually intact dogs purchased or obtained from auctions outside the state of Wisconsin must have all of the following:
- Documentation showing the dog has tested negative on a canine brucellosis test conducted within 30 days prior to the import date using a test method approved by DATCP. Include the test type, date, and results on the CVI.
- An import permit issued by DATCP.
Refer to the animal import permit webpage for instructions on the permitting process and a link to the general import permit application form.
Any dog found to be positive on a heartworm test in the state of origin may not be imported into Wisconsin until it has completed the appropriate heartworm treatment protocol as recommended by the American Heartworm Society. After the treatment is completed, a veterinarian in the state of origin must record on the CVI that the dog was treated for heartworm and record all treatment dates. Once these conditions are met, an import permit is not required.
An untreated positive dog may only be imported to Wisconsin if a special import permit is issued by the Wisconsin State Veterinarian. For more information call (608) 224-4878.
Additional Import Requirements for Household Pets from Another Country
For household pets being brought into Wisconsin from outside the U.S., contact the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (404) 639-3311 or visit the CDC website. You should also visit the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) website to find any information not covered on the CDC website.
In addition to any requirements from CDC and USDA, household pets being brought into Wisconsin from outside the U.S. need to meet the regular import requirements for Wisconsin. This includes meeting the requirements for rabies vaccination for dogs and cats. Any health documentation used by the country of origin will be accepted for international movement.