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Health Certificates

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection

A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, is used for movement from one state to another and can only be issued by an USDA-accredited veterinarian.

Accredited veterinarians are responsible for confirming that their clients are moving animals in accordance with state and federal laws.

To ensure you are following Michigan's movement requirements, visit the animal movement pages.

Electronic CVIs

Electronic CVIs can save you time and money, while providing better customer service. MDARD now offers a free electronic option to Michigan's accredited veterinarians called the MI eCVI.


  • Free fillable PDF that can be stored on your computer
  • Great for use in veterinary clinics
  • Only requires Adobe Reader (free) and internet access
  • User-friendly
  • Email completed certificate to within seven days of the inspection date

To sign up, complete the MI eCVI User Agreement and submit it to See how easy MI eCVI is to use by watching these instructional videos:

* MDARD's contact information, not Minnesota's, will appear in the auto-generated email window.

For additional electronic CVI options, see our comparison chart. For more information, please contact Colleen Phillipich at 800-292-3939.

Paper Health Certificate Forms

Paper form provided by the Animal Industry Division (AID): the all-species CVI (interstate movement only)

All-species CVI forms can be ordered from AID via phone, at 517-284-5800, or via email by following these three easy steps:

  1. Download the supply order form PDF from Ordering Forms and Supplies.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Email it to

Paper forms provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: APHIS 7001

  • Small animals only
  • Interstate or international movement.
  • No longer accepted by most states.  Please contact the state of destination to determine if this form is accepted. 

You can submit your paper CVIs by mail, fax or email at:

Mail: MDARD AID, P.O. BOX 30017, LANSING, MI  48909

Fax: 517-241-1560

Helpful Links

Top Ten Tips for filling out the Michigan All-Species CVI

Electronic CVI Comparison Chart

MI eCVI User Guide

MI eCVI User Agreement

USDA Pet Travel Website

Michigan Animal Movement Requirements

Search Engine for State Movement Requirements (Livestock)

Aphis 7001 Form (for international movement)

Pet Health Certificates

A Pet Health Certificate is required to be given to a customer by a Michigan pet shop when a dog, cat or ferret is purchased. It is also required to be given to customers of large-scale dog breeding kennels (more than 15 breeding females).

The certificate is required to be issued by a licensed veterinarian and is valid for 30 days from the date the animal was examined. More information can be found in the Pet Health Certificate Instructions.

Pet Health Certificate (revised January 2019)