Certificates of Veterinary Inspection
Act 90, Section 8,
(a) states that: "No person who is required to be licensed under sub. (2)
may sell a dog without providing...A certificate of veterinary
ATCP 16 specifies
that the certificate must be prepared and signed by a Wisconsin certified
veterinarian, except that a certificate accompanying a dog imported into this
state may be issued by a veterinarian who is accredited by USDA and the state
A certificate of
veterinary inspection must be issued on a form provided by DATCP, USDA, or the
state in which the certificate is issued. A certificate issued in this state
must be issued on a form provided by DATCP. The certificate must include all of
The name and address of the person selling the dog.
The number, breed, sex and age of the dog.
Whether the dog is spayed, neutered or sexually intact.
The dogs vaccination record. The vaccination
record must identify each type of vaccination that the dog has received. For
each type of vaccination, the record must include all of the following:
- The name of the vaccine manufacturer.
- The vaccine serial number and lot number.
- The date on which the vaccine was administered.
- The name of the person who administered the vaccine.
Import information required under current rules if
the certificate accompanies a dog imported into this state.
If the dog is sold at public auction, documentation
showing that the dog has tested negative on a brucellosis test conducted within
30 days prior to the auction sale.
The following statement, or a substantially similar
statement, that is based on at least a brief personal examination by the
veterinarian making the statement:
I certify, as a veterinarian, that I have
inspected the dogs identified on this certificate and that the dogs are not
showing any sign of infectious, contagious or communicable disease, except as
otherwise noted on this certificate. Vaccinations and test results are as
indicated on this certificate. This certificate is not a warranty.
The veterinarians signature and the date of
must sign the certificate within 10 days after he/she completes the examination
on which the certificate is based. The certificate is valid for 30 days after
the date of examination. Copies must be provided to the following persons:
- The person buying the dog.
- The person selling the dog
- The veterinarian who issues the certificate.
DATCP News: Animal
Rescues & Certificates of Veterinary Inspection
(pdf) Dog Breeders and Sellers Law Home Page (DATCP
Age for Transfer of Puppy
(9) AGE FOR TRANSFER OF PUPPY. A person required to be licensed
under sub. (2) may not transfer a dog to a buyer until the dog is 7 weeks of
ATCP states: A
license holder may not, in connection with the sale of a dog, transfer that dog
to the physical custody of the buyer unless one of the following applies:
- The dog is at least 7 weeks old.
- The dog is accompanied by its dam.
- DATCP approves the transfer in writing.