How to Help Clients Prepare for Safe Air Cargo Transport of Pets

Understand the plane ride experience and how to collaborate with clients

Presented by Nelva J. Bryant, DVM, MPH, Public Health and Regulatory Veterinarian at Delta Cargo

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Many veterinarians experience frustration and confusion with clients’ air travel, unsure of the plane ride experience and how to help clients prepare for the various requirements. This webinar provides insights into air transport of animals, suggestions to prepare pets for travel via cargo, and demonstrates how digital health certificates (CVIs) can ease the process. Risks and stressors associated with transport are also addressed, as well as the potential airline and state entry requirements involved in the journey.

Watch this webinar (recorded 3/25/20) to learn about:

  • Exactly what a companion animal experiences when transported by air cargo;
  • How veterinarians can help identify and mitigate conditions that predispose the animals to illness, injury, or escape during transport;
  • How to collaborate with animal owners to ensure they do their part in preparing their animals for safe air transport.

Q&A and Resources from Safe Air Cargo Transport of Pets Webinar

There were many questions submitted by webinar attendees, and not all of them could be addressed in the hour-long session. We have compiled the questions and worked with Dr. Bryant to provide answers to the best of our knowledge.

About Dr. Bryant

Nelva J. Bryant, DVM, MPH, is the Public Health and Regulatory Veterinarian at Delta Cargo. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and completed a veterinary pathology residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has over 15 years of veterinary clinical practice experience as a small animal practitioner and relief veterinarian. A recent retiree of the US Public Health Service, where she served for 20 years, Nelva completed the final 12 years of her active duty career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before joining Delta, she served as Quarantine Veterinary Medical Officer and Dog Importation Regulations Subject Matter Expert in the Quarantine Border and Health Services Branch (QBHSB).

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