I’m going to be living in New Zealand for the next few months, working on a film production in the south island. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and I’d love for my dog, Bilbo, to come along for the adventure. At first glance, this seemed impossible, but I’m told that it may not be. People can and do travel overseas with pets, apparently, and I’m keen to investigate the possibility.

Here in Brighton, vet services are plentiful, so I’ve got no excuse not to explore the situation in detail. I’m not sure what kinds of things might need to be dealt with when planning for travelling with pets, but I’m guessing that it depends on where you want to go. I imagine that some countries might require that incoming animals have certain vaccinations that aren’t necessarily required in Australia, or else that Australian vets recommend particular pet vaccinations as protection from diseases that aren’t common here.

As far as travel between Australia and New Zealand goes, I doubt there’s much in the way of that to be addressed. Even so, there are very likely other things to be considered – permits and paperwork, anyone? I need someone to take me through what I need to do, step by step. Some cursory research tells me that an Australian government accredited veterinarian (AAV) can advise me in this capacity.

I think I’ll get onto this today. I’ve been thinking that it might be time to look into pet health care insurance, as Bilbo’s had some recurring problems with one of his legs following a car injury a couple of years back. He’s doing fine and is perfectly happy, but needs regularly treatment.

So, aside from Bilbo’s impending trip to NZ, it’d be worth my while to book in for a chat with a vet anyway. I’m just trying to think of where it was that I recently saw a decent-looking pet surgery; Moorabbin has one of the best in the area if I’m not mistaken. I’m drooling over Wellington rental properties with big backyards and park proximity aplenty.