DD Form 2209 Veterinary Health Certificate
What Is DD Form 2209?
DD Form 2209, Veterinary Health Certificate is a form used to document the rabies vaccination and general health status of pets owned by U.S. Army soldiers. This form is filled in by a veterinarian after they have examined the pet.
The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 2209 - was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) in April 2009 with all previous editions being obsolete. An up-to-date DD Form 2209 fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.
The DD 2209 is a necessity for service members with pets undergoing a permanent change of station - or PCS, along with the DD Form 2208, Rabies Vaccination Certificate. For travel purposes, the veterinary health certificate has to be translated into the language of the country that the service member is traveling to and attached to that translated copy.
How to Fill out DD Form 2209?
All pets traveling abroad will be required to have a non-expired rabies vaccination given 30 days or more prior to the relocation. Service members must ensure that their layovers and arrival destinations allow pets.
DD Form 2209 instructions are as follows:
- Items 1, 2 and 3 require the name, contact phone number (with area code) and full address of the owner of the animal.
- Item 4 is reserved for the information about the animal. This includes the name, species, sex, age and weight of the pet, as well as the numbers of all scannable microchips, the predominant breed and color of the animal.
- Item 5 should contain data on the rabies status of the animal. This includes the first three letters of the name of the company producing the vaccine, the lot number, virus type, the date of vaccination and its duration.
- The full address of the facility (with ZIP code) should be indicated in Item 6.
- The name of the veterinarian, their license number, signature and the date of the examination go in Item 7. The veterinary health certificate is valid only for 10 days from the date it is issued.