AVMA supports legislation to strengthen dog importation requirements

NAFB – The American Veterinary Medical Association on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for the Healthy Dog Importation Act.

The legislation aims to reduce the spread of diseases that could endanger human and animal health. The bill provides the Department of Agriculture with additional resources to monitor and protect the health of dogs imported into the United States. The aim is to ensure that imported dogs are in good health and that there is no risk of spreading disease.

Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, and Dusty Johnson, a Republican from South Dakota, co-chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus, reintroduced the legislation. The law requires every imported dog to produce a veterinary certificate from a licensed veterinarian confirming that the dog is healthy and has received all vaccinations and passed all tests required by the USDA.

More than a million dogs are imported into the US each year, but less than one percent of these dogs are screened for disease.