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Personal Property Shipping Office
Bldg 426 (Mildenhall)
Brandon Suffolk United Kingdom IP279PN
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
Any pet entering the United Kingdom which does not meet all the Pet Scheme rules must be licensed into a quarantine kennel. You must obtain an import license from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which accompanies the pet when it travels. The pet will be released from quarantine once it complies with all the rules.
Once your pet is cleared to be in the United Kingdom there is generally no licensing required, however, all pet owners assigned to RAF Lakenheath are required to register their pets at the RAF Feltwell Veterinary Clinic within two weeks of arrival and quarantine. Please utilize their email for additional queries.
The mission of the United States Army Veterinary Detachment at RAF Feltwell is to examine, immunize and treat pets of Defense Department personnel stationed in the United Kingdom. The Public Health Command, District Southern Europe unit in RAF Feltwell is the only United States military clinic for all of the United Kingdom and Iceland. There are satellite clinics held monthly at RAF Alconbury and RAF Croughton.
Registration documents include:
For more information, contact the United States Army Veterinary Detachment at DSN 314-226-7097 or Comm 011-44-527097. Please call prior to going to RAF Feltwell to ensure they are taking walk-in customers.
Special Notification for Military Members/Families Traveling with Pets to the United Kingdom:
If you are planning a move to the United Kingdom with your pet, please be aware that pet travel options may be limited.
Pets are an important part of your family. Bringing a pet into the UK can be a daunting task, but far from impossible. Pets can now enter the UK from select countries after they have been processed through the Pet Travel Scheme. In order to successfully transit your pet into the UK, you must read, understand and follow the rules of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Guidelines for bringing your pet to the UK from the states:
In addition to the certificate, you must have your pet's Original vaccination record (reflecting the microchip number) with you when traveling.
(No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
When your pet arrives in the UK by air its microchip and official documentation are checked by staff at the Animal Reception Centre. Your pet may be subjected to a further official check by the DEFRA. If your pet fails the check, it must be quarantined or be deported. If your pet fails because of the tick and tapeworm treatment it must be treated and held for 24 hours. It is advisable to reserve a quarantine kennel because Heathrow stays are very expensive.
PLEASE MAKE PHOTO COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTATION.
It is strongly recommended that you contact quarantine kennels, in case your pet requires quarantine on arrival. Ensure that the kennel you contact is a quarantine kennel as they differ from normal kennels. Make sure that you ask about all charges to include the tick and tapeworm treatment, transportation from the airport, any vet fees etc. Ask your losing or gaining finance office about possible partial reimbursement for quarantine fees.
Tips and Reminders
There are many pet boarding facilities available in the immediate area surrounding RAF Lakenheath. Before you decide on one, keep the following in mind:
Additional InformationBanned Breeds
The British government has placed a ban on the importation of certain dogs bred for fighting. The ban includes Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos, Fila Brazilieros and any other type of dog which appears to have been bred for fighting.
If you have a pet other than a dog or cat, you will need to determine the import requirements stipulated by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Most canaries, parakeets and cockatiels can be imported, however, you should contact the Import of Birds Section of DEFRA to confirm the importation of your species. Birds must be quarantined for 35 days after arrival, which can usually be done in your home with visits by a vet. A veterinary examination is necessary before it departs the United States.
Pets in Government Housing
Pets in Air Force Housing Guidelines
Please see the host nation website for additional information as well.
Banned Dogs Guidelines