The adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with pets has made it easier for EU citizens and their dogs, cats or ferrets to enjoy the freedom of movement within the Union. This significant step was made possible by dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies.

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries vaccination against rabies documented in the pet passport or the animal health certificate is the sole requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel across EU borders, with certain exceptions.

The topics of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Movement of dogs and cats are:

  • The role of the EU-approved rabies serology laboratories;
  • EU legislation and controls on trade-in and pet movements within the EU;
  • EU legislation on import and on non-commercial movements of dogs and cats from Third Countries;
  • The controls at Border Inspection Posts and at Traveller Points of Entry;
  • Best practices in communication and cooperation between competent authorities and other stakeholders;
  • Best practices in detecting the illegal movements.

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • Be officers from competent authorities designated to have competencies in the design and implementation of the controls on Movements of dogs (import, trade-in or non-commercial movements).
  • Therefore, Veterinarians working at Border Inspection Posts, at central level and local level are eligible. In addition, customs’ staff responsible for the controls at the Traveller Points of Entry are invited
Session Start Date End Date City Country
14 11/10/2022 14/10/2022 MALAGA SPAIN
15 15/11/2022 18/11/2022 AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS
16 13/12/2022 16/12/2022 MALAGA SPAIN
Movement of dogs and cats