Animals in NY can be certified exempt from compulsory rabies vaccination if a licensed veterinarian finds that such vaccination would adversely affect the animal's health.  Therefore, a professional examination prior to vaccination is advisable in order to evaluate the animal’s condition.  See the rabies law for companion animals at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/AILaws/Art-21-Public-Health-PBH-Article-21-Title-4.pdf, paragraph 2(c).


Paragraph 3(b) provides for vaccination exemption using a certified statement to be given to owners.  The form is attached, and owners can present it in lieu of a rabies certificate whenever a certificate is requested.