Hello & welcome, Jill. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
First, in regards ***** ***** having had multiple rabies vaccines, while we don't like to overvaccinate animals (mainly from the view of the risk of developing a rare injection related tumor, less likely in a young cat), having had 3 vaccines in close succession on one occasion is not likely to cause Len any harm.
Next, the main complication, his vaccine time frame. Now this is an awkward situation. The reason is because customs tend to be sticklers for exact rules. So, we always have to interpret these situations with care and err on the side of covering our bases. This means that they will likely not count the first two vaccines because they were not a year before the most recent one (7/13). Furthermore, since the most recent vaccine was not a year later, they will likely not honor it as a 3 year vaccination. And if they won't, then we have the additional issue that since we are currently past July 2014 (when we'd have to give the next one) he is now overdue and this would potentially invaldiate the blood test as well. So, looking at the dates and considering how strict policies are, I am afraid that Len would be considered overdue for a 1-year booster despite his having had two too close together vaccines before the 7/13 vaccine. So, I must warn you that the DEFRA (the organization that manages these policies) will likely require a complete restart. That said, in this case because it is so awkward, I would advise that you contact DEFRA directly to see if they would allow Len's situation to pass. You can do so via:
The PETS Helpline – Telephone 0870 2411 710 (8.30am – 5pm, Mon-Fri)
Finally, since you noted struggling with the specifics you need, I will just list everything required for a cat to enter the UK from a non-EU country. The requirements are:
- Identification with an ISO standard microchip. (which you have done already)
- Rabies vaccination, according to the data sheet in the country you are coming from (so do ask your vet for the data sheet so you have it on hand when you arrive in the UK).
- A blood test for rabies antibodies taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination (he can of course travel after 3 months post the positive blood test).
- Tapeworm treatment between 24-120 hours before heading to the UK (non-mandatory for cats).
Overall, while we can all suspect that Len has great protection against rabies, the times of the vaccine do deviate from the established data sheet. Therefore, we would be concerned that this latest rabies vaccine would not be honored as a 3 year vaccination. And because of that and the fact we missed a booster at 7/2014, we would be in a position where a complete restart would likely be indicated. But as I said, since he has this awkward history, he is a case that would be ideal to check with DEFRA directly. They will have the power to decide if they will honor his last vaccine as a 3 year one to allow him in or whether they are going to require him to restart.
I hope this information is helpful.
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All the best,
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