What You Need to Know about Traveling with Pets
The FAVN test is required by many rabies-free countries or regions in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced quarantine period prior to entry. Some of these regions are Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Australia, Guam, New Zealand, and some islands in the Caribbean. Always check with the destination authority to verify pet importation requirements. FAVN test results are normally available in 3 to 4 weeks from the date that the sample is received at the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory.
Due to continued staffing shortages, the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will not be able to perform expedited STAT testing effective immediately. This applies to STAT testing ONLY. No other FAVN testing requests are affected. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
If you have questions, please call the KSVDL Rabies Laboratory at 785-532-4483.
About the FAVN Test and FAVN Report
The Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization (FAVN) test measures the response of an animal’s immune system to the rabies vaccine. More specifically, it is a virus neutralization assay developed to screen animal sera by a standard method for an adequate level of rabies antibodies following vaccination. A completed “FAVN REPORT FORM” is required for each sample submitted for the rabies blood serum test. The rabies antibody titer results are placed on an adhesive sticker on a copy of the “FAVN REPORT FORM” submitted with the sample – this is the official FAVN report. The original “FAVN REPORT FORM” submitted with the sample is retained on file at The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory.
Location- Specific Travel Resources
For exporting an animal from the United States of America please contact the USDA APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Area Offices for questions or concerns regarding regulations for exporting animals to a foreign country. You should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals will be exported.