Working as a travel nurse offers an opportunity to see different states and localities. The challenge is taking your pet and maintaining their needs while you work in a new job. When you have a pet and you plan to travel as a nurse, you want to take the steps to prevent problems related to your pet.
Check the Accommodations
Travel nurses are often allowed to bring a pet, but the accommodations may set limitations on the size of your pet or the breed. If you have a large breed dog, then verify your options for accommodations before you travel. If the position does not offer appropriate accommodations, then you may need to consider renting or finding an alternative. Keep in mind that most accommodations do allow small pets, but may require a deposit against potential damages from a pet’s behavior.
Update Appropriate Vaccinations
Your pet may need booster shots or other vaccinations before you start traveling. Keep in mind that each state has different standards for rabies shots or other vaccine schedules. Check your home state and the new state to ensure that your pet’s vaccines comply with the standards of the state.
Carry an Interstate Health Certificate
Visit a veterinarian a few days before you intend to travel with your pet. Many airlines require a certificate of veterinary inspection as well as documentation of your pet’s vaccination records. The certificate of veterinary inspection must be provided within 10 days of taking a plane. If you plan to travel by car, then you still need to carry records of your pet’s vaccinations; however, you may not need as much documentation as an airline requires.
Get a License
A pet license is an important part of traveling with your pet. Get the paperwork in order before you start traveling to ensure that your pet is properly documented. It prevents complications if your pet gets sick or injured at any time during your travels.
Purchase Pet Insurance
A pet insurance policy allows you to seek treatment in an emergency situation. Traveling increases the risk of injuries to your pet when compared to keeping your pet at home. By obtaining a pet insurance policy, you will not need to worry about expenses in an emergency situation.
Tags and Microchips
The final consideration is putting a tag or a microchip on your pet. Make sure that tags are up-to-date with the latest information. You also want to update a microchip if your pet has a microchip. You can also get a microchip and maintain the tags for further safety in case your pet gets lost or wanders off at any point during you travels.
Working as a travel nurse does not mean you must give up your pet. You can travel with your pet and enjoy a new job opportunity as long as you prepare in advance. Carry the documents you need to comply with state and local laws. It will allow you to enjoy your pet’s company in a new home.