Japan has acknowledged the reliability of the laboratory testing for rabies in Lithuania

The State Food and Veterinary Service has received information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan that the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute had been included in the list of accredited laboratories where the analysis for the effectiveness of vaccination against rabies can be performed for pet animals to be transported to Japan.

This is substantial facilitation for owners of pet animals who wish to travel to Japan together with their pets. Up to now, persons who export pet animals or travel with them to another country have had to make tests for rabies at laboratories in other countries, which are included in the list of accredited laboratories of Japan.

Furthermore, on 1 November this year, the coordination of the certification procedures for export of pet animals or for travelling with them was finalised. Thus, the inclusion of the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute into the list of accredited testing laboratories for rabies and the agreement on necessary veterinary documents makes the travelling from Lithuania to Japan together with pet animals as well as trading in pet animals possible.

The dogs and cats to be transported to Japan have to be identified by transponders (microchips) and at least twice vaccinated against rabies, the testing for rabies antibodies must have been performed and the animals must have stayed in quarantine for 180 days. Moreover, the animals must have got certificates issued by competent veterinary authorities of the exporting country.

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