Current through May 25, 2023
Section 250-RICR-40-05-2.7 - Importation of Domestic Animals: Health CertificatesA. Imported Dogs, Cats, Ferrets 1. Any dog, cat or ferret transported into the State of Rhode Island must be accompanied by an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that is compliant with § 1.7 of this Subchapter, (Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Domestic Animals) signed by a duly licensed veterinarian from the state of origin stating that the animal is not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable disease, did not originate within an area under quarantine for rabies or any other communicable disease, and has not been exposed to rabies.2. For all dogs, cats, and ferrets three (3) months of age or older, the Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must also show proof of rabies vaccination administration in accordance with the Compendium of Animal Rabies Control incorporated above at § 2.3(A) of this Part prior to entry into Rhode Island.3. For all dogs, cats, and ferrets over six (6) months of age that have no proof of prior vaccination, a period of thirty (30) days must lapse between vaccination and entry into Rhode Island. See also Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Domestic Animals, Part 1 of this Subchapter.B. Other Imported Species1. All age appropriate domestic animals other than dogs, cats or ferrets for which species-approved rabies vaccine is available and which are being imported into Rhode Island for exhibition or show purposes must be accompanied by proof of rabies immunization administered in accordance with the vaccine product label prior to entry into Rhode Island. The certificate must also state that the animal did not originate within an area under quarantine for rabies or any other communicable disease, and has not been exposed to rabies.C. Vaccine Administration 1. All rabies vaccines described within this section must be administered by or under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Rabies vaccinations that were administered in another state must be administered in a manner consistent with the vaccine requirements of Rhode Island for the animal to be considered currently vaccinated.
250 R.I. Code R. § 250-RICR-40-05-2.7