The Cayman Islands has enjoyed a rabies-free disease status for many decades. The Department of Agriculture’s Veterinarians are licensed to administer rabies vaccines to dogs and cats travelling out of the Cayman Islands based on the requirements of the importing country. Due to our national rabies-free status, a current rabies vaccine is also required for pets re-entering the Cayman Islands.

 

The standard vaccination protocol used in the Cayman Islands is based on the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s guidelines (WSAVA) and is as follows:

  • Initial vaccination at 12 weeks of age or older
  • Due to our rabies-free status, a booster vaccination at a minimum of 30 days after the initial vaccination is highly recommended for pets born in the Cayman Islands who intend to undergo titre testing
  • Follow-up vaccination within 9-12 months following the booster vaccination (prior to the expiry date of the existing vaccine)
  • Vaccination required every 3 years thereafter

Titre testing is performed to confirm that the number of antibodies in your pet’s body is sufficient to protect against the rabies virus if and when exposed. Note that in the Cayman Islands, Titre testing is only performed by small-animal veterinary clinicians and are only required based on the requirements of the importing country. Due to our national rabies-free status, a current Titre test with a passing result (≥0.50 IU/mL) is also required for pets re-entering the Cayman Islands. Please contact one of our Import and Export Unit staff members for further information and guidance regarding Titre testing.

Note that vaccination protocols differ between countries, so we encourage you to contact our Import and Export Services Unit for specific guidance as it relates to your individual pet(s). This is especially recommended for pets who have lived in multiple jurisdictions.

The Rabies Vaccination Clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, however, sporadic clinic closers may occur on a given day due to circumstances outside of the Department’s control. Vaccinations are administered by appointment only using 15-minute appointment intervals per pet.

 

To make a rabies vaccination appointment for your pet(s), please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the relevant information sheet (located in the Forms Section on the top right of the page) depending on the number of animals you need to have vaccinated. Please be sure to complete the information sheet in full
  2. Email the information sheet(s) to the Import and Export Services Unit on doarabiesvaccines@gov.ky OR
  3. Schedule an appointment using the ‘Schedule a Service’ calendar feature below and upload your information sheet

Once submitted, a member of our Veterinary Services team will contact you within a maximum of three (3) business days to book the next available rabies vaccination appointment for your pet(s). Please contact the CIDOA Veterinary Services team at DOArabiesvaccines@gov.ky for further guidance on scheduling your pet’s rabies vaccination.

 

Please note that this email address is used only for the purpose of booking rabies vaccination appointments with the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. All other pet travel-related enquiries should be directed to ci.agriculturevs@gov.ky. You may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) form to assist you with your pet travel queries.

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The Rabies Vaccination Clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, however, sporadic clinic closers may occur on a given day due to circumstances outside of the Department’s control. Vaccinations are administered by appointment only using 15-minute appointment intervals per pet.