Hi Rita is right, I think where a lot of confusion comes in is that some vets suggest a yearly booster
why I don't know ! I have discussed this with the vet we use in France also, and I think the problem is due to the requirements in other countries which only affects you if you live for 3 months or more in the said countries.
My second dog has a three year vaccination and I contacted DEFRA a couple of days ago to re check on the situation this is their reply today.
Thank you for your e-mail received on the 7th April 2009.
For pets to be eligible for the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) they must have a valid rabies vaccination. Booster vaccinations are given as per the manufacturers data sheet provided with the vaccine. This can be between 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine administered. Booster vaccinations are valid for entry to the UK and other EU countries from the date given provided they are given on time (according to the instructions in the vaccine manufacturerís data sheet where the previous vaccination was given). Please note that it is the "valid until" date written in the passport which is taken into account when travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme. If the revaccination date is missed the pet will not meet the conditions of the scheme and will have to be vaccinated and, for entry to the UK, blood tested again. The 6 month rule will then apply from the date the new blood sample is taken assuming the blood test result is satisfactory. If your pet always has the booster on time, it will not need a further blood test, or be subject to a further 6 months wait, provided your pet does not enter an unlisted country.
Just to add my other dog had a two year vaccination originally same vaccination as your dog, I have travelled up to that two year time with no problem at all, and the passport area for dogs at Calais also told me it is the valid until date they go by so you should have no problem at all, why oh why can't UK vets get this right and give out the correct advise.
The following is another email I have had regarding the three year vaccination
Thankyou for your email.
The duration of immunity for Nobivac Rabies vaccination is 3 years, therefore a booster vaccination is required every three years. This has been the case since 25th October 2005. The rabies vaccinations your dog has received on 10/4/07 and 27/4/07 will expire 3 years after the date they were given. You have written that this is recorded on your passport as 9/4/10 and 26/4/10.
We would suggest that you contact DEFRA and your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your animal is correctly vaccinated with regards to regulations and requirements of the Pet Travel scheme.
The contact details for DEFRA are www.defra.gov.uk
and click on Pet Travel scheme or there is a helpline number 0870 241 1710.
Nadine Anderson BSc BVetMed MRCVS
Companion Animal Veterinary Adviser
I suggest you also contact DEFRA as they will put your mind at rest. Merial was def the first vaccination my other dog had and it was indeed for two years, but he also now has the three yearly vaccination.
Just make sure that you have the booster done before 30/10/09 and you will be fine.