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Thursday, June 20th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Taking dogs to Australia

When people heard that I was planning to take my dogs with me to medical school in Australia many thought I was crazy. But the truth is, even before I applied to school in Australia, I had already looked up to make sure I could take my dogs. They are a part of my family and going without them was never an option.

Are you considering taking your dogs to Australia?

Thinking about taking a dog (or cat) over is a daunting process, but I want to reassure you it is possible! The biggest thing to know is the timeline of events and to understand the costs.

First up, timeline

Take a look at the Government of Australia Department of Agriculture website http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs for all of your timeline specific questions. I will go through a little bit of the important information for you. When you click on the link, you will input the species (dog/cat) country of export (Canada) and date of export. I put in January 6, 2020 seeing as many programs in Australia start the end of January. It will then generate a schedule of events, like the one drawn up for me (as your example).

You can click on each one of the links (e.g., “Visit your vet”) and it will tell you exactly what you need to do during that visit. Pretty straight forward, hey? Yes, in essence it is very straight forward. In reality, things can get complicated.

First of all, take note of the dates in the timetable. If you’re planning to take your dog over in the beginning of January, your first vet visit needs to be in the next 10 days. I didn’t know about this calculator until much later than June of last year so don’t panic. The first visit is just to check microchip number and confirm rabies vaccination. Most dogs should be up to date on their rabies vaccination regardless.

The important thing to not miss this summer is the second vet visit (in this calculator it says July 10) and that is for a blood test for rabies. The blood needs to be drawn a minimum of 180 days before the dog can set foot in Australia and they are very strict about these dates. Also, the blood test is $400 (I for one was surprised by the cost for a blood test, but it is what it is). I had this blood test done for both dogs before I even knew I was accepted to school (that didn’t come until the end of August). So sometimes it’s a bit of a gamble if you want to bring your dogs in January. Of course, they can come later if you want to wait to get confirmation of acceptance first.

Taking my dogs with me was worth it!

Second thing I learned the hard way—get the test for Ehrlichia canis early! This is a test for a tick disease that is quite common in tropical areas, but dogs can get it in lots of different climates. This test is performed (as per their schedule) a week before the dog is going to travel. One of my dogs came back positive for it, I got the news on Christmas Eve and the vet said he might never be able to go to Australia. It was one of the worst days I can remember. We were able to treat it with antibiotics (30 days) and when we retested him he came back negative. However, it is difficult to treat because the test they require looks for the antibody count rather than the active bacteria, meaning my dog didn’t have any symptoms but had the leftover antibodies because he had the bacteria years before I ever rescued him from Mexico. There is no guarantee that treating a dog that tests positive will lower their antibody count enough to test “negative.” If you go online to web forums you will find that this surprise a week before travel is not all that uncommon. There are tons of stories just like mine where the owners are floored, travel plans have to be altered, and emotions run high.

Now, just because your dog has tested negative to Ehrlichia canis early (say this summer) you still have to repeat the test a week before travel; however it should hopefully avoid the panic and heartache that I experienced. You will have your dog on tick medication from this summer up until the travel so it should avoid any surprises.

Second up, cost

Taking a dog to Australia is not cheap, and there’s no way around it. But it’s doable and completely worth it! Here is the cost breakdown (very rough):

Rabies test: $400
Flea/tick meds: $70
Each vet visit: ~$70 (x5 total vet visits)
Other tests required (Ehrlichia, lepto, etc.): ~$300
Microchip: ~$100 (I forget the exact cost)
Application permit fee: $1200
Flight (they have to fly directly into Melbourne): ~$1100
10 days of quarantine: ~$400
Airline-approved dog crate: ~$80
Total: ~$3900

Keep in mind this breakdown is very rough and varies by vet, flights, if you already have a microchip, etc., but it’s good to have a rough idea.

I would do the process again in a heartbeat

We used a wonderful company called Worldwide Animal Travel to help with this whole process. They helped organize all of the paperwork, double checked that we had the correct lab results, vet signatures, took the forms to get the government approval, etc. They’ve done this a million times and really know what they are doing. Think of them like OzTREKK for pets! They even have an office at the Vancouver airport where the dogs got to be out of their crate relaxing before the flight. They took them for a walk, fed them dinner, sent us picture updates and then put them on the plane. The peace of mind knowing we weren’t alone in this process was well worth the money. I believe the cost difference working with them compared to doing it on our own was about $2000 (for both dogs).

Our journey with the dogs was far from straightforward and got so much more complicated when we were in Australia and the dogs were back in Canada (delayed because of Brek’s positive Ehrlichia canis result). We had to reset the dogs’ travel dates three times. With each change of date we had to redo different tests because they are only valid for a set number of days before travel. Thank goodness I had Worldwide Animal Travel to fall back on because otherwise I would have been even more overwhelmed in the first few months of medical school trying to organize vet visits while I’m halfway around the world. This is in no way sponsored by them (although I would have happily agreed to that lol). They did a phenomenal job helping us out at such a stressful time and I am so thankful we had their support.

I could go on and on about every detail regarding taking dogs to Australia. It was a very long and somewhat tedious process. I know ours was especially complicated (you can read a bit more on my instagram page @noborders.md), but it was completely worth it! The dogs did wonderful and they survived the 10-day quarantine. They were of course very excited to see us but they didn’t have any signs of distress or maltreatment. You aren’t allowed to visit them during quarantine, but you can call them daily and ask for updates (which I did).

I know this process seems scary and a bit overwhelming, especially on top of moving your entire life around the world. But take it day by day, one vet appointment at a time, and just use the website as a checklist. If you’re able to afford some help, I recommend talking with Worldwide Animal Travel; I believe they have offices across Canada.

Having your dog(s) over here when you’re in school is incredible! It makes this place feel so much more like home and it’s such a great balance to the grind of school. I would do the process again in a heartbeat. I hope this brief introduction helps clarify some of aspects of bringing dogs over. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Cameron
First-year Griffith Medical School student
Follow Cameron on Instagram! @noborders.md

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Come meet Australian universities!

Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia this weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 for our annual spring Study in Australia information sessions, and you’re invited!

Australian universities in Australia

Who wouldn’t want to study in Australia?

What?

We will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK staff members!

When and Where?

Toronto, Ontario

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/harthouse

Vancouver, British Columbia

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge, 800 Robson St., Vancouver
Map: http://tiny.cc/robsonsq

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Who?

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

Why?

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Come meet with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event! Learn more about their

  • universities;
  • programs;
  • entry requirements;
  • campus lifestyles;
  • accommodation options;
  • student loans and financing options;
  • accreditation – coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia;
  • …plus much more!

How?

For more information about the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs and Australian universities, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. We look forward to meeting you!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UBC!

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of British Columbia

Great news for all of you on the west coast: we will be visiting the University of British Columbia on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for our annual winter OzTREKK Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!

Australian universities

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair is coming to UBC

This OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will take place in the Student Union Building, and will give students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, and Australian Dental Schools in Australia—just to name a few!

OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in this free event, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise students (and their parents!) about their study options in Australia. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about your program options at the following Australian universities:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Student Union Building (SUB), University of British Columbia

At the event, you will meet Australian university staff and learn more about the following:

  • Universities
  • Programs
  • Entry requirements
  • Campus lifestyles
  • Accommodation options
  • Student loans and financing options
  • Accreditation – Coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

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We can’t wait to see you there! For more information about the winter OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UBC and about Australian universities, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary

Australian universities

Learn more about Australian universities at the Study in Australia Fair

Calling all Dinos! Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Calgary on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives to discuss the following:

  • programs
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation
  • student loans and financing
  • Accreditation for your program of interest—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

OzTREKK is here to help! For more information, call us at 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada), or email info@oztrekk.com. See you at the fair, Calgary!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McMaster

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University

If you’re wondering about what it’s like to study in Australia, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University on Tuesday, February 3, 2015! Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give you the most information possible! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree—in one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

Australian universities

See you at the Study in Australia Fair!

Curious about medical schools in Australia? How about Australian Dental Schools? Come to the fair and speak directly to Australian university reps to get all the details regarding your program of interest, including programs available to international students, entry requirements, campus lifestyles, accommodation options, student loans and financing options, and the accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying in Australia!

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Rooms 206 & 207, MUSC, McMaster University

Who is coming?

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

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For more information about this winter OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair and about how you can study in Australia, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

See you at the Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University

We are pleased to announce that the annual OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair will be at Wilfrid Laurier University on Monday, February 2, 2015.

Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to answer your questions face to face! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree!

Event Details

OzTREKK

Hope to see you at the fair!

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

Come meet reps from the following Australian universities:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their

  • universities
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. For information about all your program options and about studying in Australia, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian University Programs page.

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Have you got any questions about the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair? We’d like to hear from you! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Western

OzTREKK Study In Australia Fair at Western

What’s it like to study in Australia? Have you ever wondered about about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia?

Great news! Here’s your chance to find out more—OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting Western University on Monday, February 2, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!

Study in Australia

See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair!

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: University Community Centre (UCC), Western University

Our Australian representatives will  be flying to Canada to participate in this fair. OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

The following Australian universities will be at this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

At the fair, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs! See you at the fair, Western!

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For more information about this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Join us at a winter OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Happy New Year, all! It’s officially winter and that means OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting a Canadian university campus near you!

OzTREKK will be visiting Canadian universities in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia at the end of January/beginning of February for our annual winter Study in Australia information sessions. Our Australian representatives fly to Canada in order to participate in these events, to meet with you. This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree!

Australian universities in Australia

See you at the winter Study in Australia Fairs!

Where will we be?

University of Toronto

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Venue: Hart House, University of Toronto

Western University, London, Ontario

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: University Community Centre (UCC), Western University

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Student Life Centre (SLC), University of Waterloo

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Rooms 206 & 207, MUSC, McMaster University

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Academic Quad, Simon Fraser University

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Student Union Building (SUB), University of British Columbia

Which Australian universities will be there?

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Why should you attend?

Because this is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their

  • universities
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. These Study in Australia Fairs provide a great opportunity to find out what you can do with the degree you have (or will have!). This is the sort of event where you can ask as many questions as you wish!

Programs for you to consider

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

For more information about the winter OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs and Australian universities, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa

We’ve got great news for everyone living in the Ottawa Valley area!

On Tuesday, October 7, OzTREKK and all eight of our Australian universities will be hosting the Fall Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa. If you’ve ever wondered about studying at another university—in another country—don’t miss this event!

Study in Australia at Australian universities

Join us for the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible. Come visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

University of Ottawa
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Atrium, University Centre, University of Ottawa
Map: http://tiny.cc/OttawaU

At this Study in Australia Fair, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

Chat with Australian university representatives to find out more about the programs that interest you. Find out more about accommodation, scholarships, and accreditation processes.

See you at the fair, Ottawa U!

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If you have any questions about this upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We are on our way, University of Calgary!

Come rain or shine (or snow?), OzTREKK and five Australian universities will be visiting the University of Calgary in Alberta tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 for its annual winter Study in Australia Fair, and everyone is invited!

Study in Australia

See you at the fair, Calgary!

This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about what it’s like to study in Australia. Interested in medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy? We’ve got it all—and more!

Speak directly to Australian university representatives about your program of interest and find out more about

  • the university
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying in Australia

…and much more!

Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Please note that these OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs are casual, free events. Everyone is welcome to stop by to say hello and find out more about studying in Australia.

University of Calgary

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: University of Calgary, Food Court, McEwan Student Centre

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

See you at the fair, Calgary!

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For more information about this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355 or e-mail info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!