Travel nursing can be a lucrative and exciting career, but some barriers keep them from exploring the option for many people. If you have dogs, you may be wondering how easy it is to travel with your furry friend. But can you take your dog with you on your travel nursing assignments? The short answer is yes, but there are some things to consider before packing up Fido and hitting the road. Here is a checklist to help you have everything you need.

Start With a Trip to the Vet

Before you decide to take your precious pooch with you, make sure you get the all-clear from your vet. Most dogs will be just fine moving to a new place, even temporarily, but you want to make sure there aren’t any underlying health problems that could cause additional stress along the way.

Update Their Tags and Microchip

While you will make sure your pup is leashed or crated and with you at all times on the road, you’ll need to update their microchip and tags. You want your current contact information to be front and center. And if their collar comes loose, a microchip will be critical to ensuring your dog finds their way back to you.

Find a Vet in Your New Location

You will also want to find and establish a relationship with a vet in your new location right away. Even though your dog just got a checkup before leaving, you need to make sure you have a relationship in place in case of emergencies. Since they will be up to date on medical care, this establishment visit to get them in the new office’s system shouldn’t cost very much.

Network with other Dog Owners

Bringing your dog with you is a great way to meet new people while you’re on assignment. Network with other dog owners at your new job or in your housing complex. Getting together at the dog park for doggie play dates will give you a social outlet and let your dogs be social, too.

Know Your Dog’s Limits

Throughout the entire process, it’s also vital that you know your dog’s limits. If they are shy or get overwhelmed, pay attention to their body language and make changes to increase their comfort level. Pay attention to their non-verbal cues to know when to take a break and work on making them feel more comfortable.


Are you looking for a travel nursing position where you can bring your dog? Contact the recruiters at Fortus Healthcare Resources to see what we’re working on today.

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