Live Animal Regulation (Transportation)




When shipping or accepting live animals for air transportation, you have to know how to use and comply with the IATA Live AnimalsRegulations (LAR). IATA LAR is the global standard and essential guide to transporting live animals by air in a safe, humane, and cost-effective manner. The expertise acquired in this course will also allow  you  to  identify  business  development  opportunities  for  your  company  as  this  type  of  transportation requires a high degree of technical skills. 

Whether you are a shipper, a freight forwarder, an airline, or an animal care professional, a working knowledge of  LAR  is  a  must  to  ensure  that  live  animals  are  transported  humanely  and  in  compliance  with  airline regulations and animal welfare standards.


Course format

  • Case studies 
  • Final examination


What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • Meet compliance standards and master the use of IATA’s Live Animals Regulations (LAR) manual 
  • Protect the safety and welfare of animals on the ground and in the air 
  • Review and discuss special routings and animal behaviors 
  • Identify and implement procedures to handle emergency situations 
  • Understand the container design principles for live animals.


Key topics

  • Proper use of IATA's Live Animals Regulations manual 
  • Government and airline regulations 
  • Shippers' and airlines' responsibilities 
  • Classification and identification of live animals 
  • Packaging, documentation and marking requirements for live animal shipments 
  • Special shipping procedures and considerations for endangered species 
  • Delay and emergency handling 
  • Load planning and calculation 
  • Completion of the Shipper's Certification for Live Animals, the Notification to Captain (NOTOC), and CITES documentation 


Target audience

  • Customer service 
  • Reservations and operations staff of airlines 
  • Airline handlers 
  • Air cargo forwarders 

Table of Contents

Day 1
  • Introduction to the IATA LAR manual and its implementation
    • Shipper’s responsibilities
    • Carrier’s responsibilities
  • Government and CITES regulations
  • Carrier regulations
  • Reservations and advance arrangements
    • Reservation procedures
    • Schedules and routings
    • Interline advance arrangements
    • Delivery to the consignee
  • Animal behavior
    • Disturbance
    • Sedation and euthanasia
    • In-flight environment  
Day 2
  • Classification of live animals 
    • Common description and size of adult animals 
  • Documentation 
    • Shipper’s certification 
    • Air waybill 
    • NOTOC and CITES 
  • Container requirements 
    • General requirements 
    • Stocking densities 
  • Marking and labelling 
  • Handling procedures 
    • Acceptance of live animals 
    • Ground handling of animal shipments 
    • Loading procedures 
    • Specific handling procedures 
    • Feeding and watering 
    • Advice to captain 
    • Health and hygiene
Day 3    
  • Convention of international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora
    • CITES documentation
  • Life science logistics for laboratory animals
    • Health status classification
    • Animal type, number and condition
    • Additional species considerations
    • Container consideration
  • Final Examination


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