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USDA Adopts Animal Disease 'Horse" Traceability Program

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  • USDA Adopts Animal Disease 'Horse" Traceability Program

    Specific Requirements for Horse Owners

    Under the new regulations, horses moving interstate must be (1) identified prior to movement and (2) accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) or other state-approved document.

    All states now require an ICVI to accompany any horse entering their state. This should make for a smooth transition to the new traceability rule since most horse owners moving their horses interstate for breeding, racing, showing, recreation, etc. should already be in compliance with the provisions in the new rule.

    Identification of Horses. Horses that are required to be officially identified under the new rules may be identified by one of the following methods:

    A description sufficient to identify the individual horse including, but not limited to, name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, and unique and permanent forms of identification, such as brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, blemishes, or biometric measurements). In the event that the identity of the horse is in question at the receiving destination, the state animal health official in the state of destination or APHIS representative may determine if the description provided is sufficient; or

    Electronic identification (Animal Identification Number) that complies with ISO 11784/11785; or ( Same as the FEI )

    The new rules will be effective March 11, 2013. We expect that there will be a transition period during which USDA has suggested it will not enforce the new rule. This is to give livestock owners time to understand the rules and make any changes necessary to comply. We don’t know how long that period might be.


  • #2
    Maybe i'm missing something, but hasn't this been a requirement for crossing state lines for quite some time?


    • #3
      Yes, the only difference (to the lay person) is that now there is also a requirement for 3 view photos of the horse OR a microchip. This information goes right on the health cert. I already had to use one of the new 'health certificates'. It's no different than doing the new coggins that uses photos versus drawing.
      Horses don't lie.


      • #4
        I wonder if I need one to go show at a schooling show 'over the border' in PA? Probably yes, but I don't think I'll find too many people doing that.
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        • Original Poster

          Effective immediately, Virginia now offers to horse owners the option of obtaining an Equine Interstate Event Permit (EIEP) allowing southeastern interstate travel for six months in lieu of multiple 30 day health certificates. The permit is recognized by the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. We have recently been notified that New York will also begin to accept such a permit; if horse owners are planning to travel there with the EIEP, it is recommended at this time that they should contact New York in advance to confirm that their permit will be accepted.

          Horse owners interested in obtaining an EIEP will need to see their normal large animal veterinarian in order to submit the application. Instructions for the veterinarian and horse owner may be found here. Horse owners will need to have a current Coggins certificate, get a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health papers), and complete an application before an EIEP will be issued. In addition, horse owners will need to be instructed by their veterinarian in obtaining a temperature and briefly evaluating their horse for signs of illness, and sign a statement on the application attesting to their ability. Temperatures and physical exam findings must be recorded on a travel itinerary. Horses will need to be identified by either a microchip or by a set of 3 current digital photographs submitted to our office. A processing fee will be charged to the veterinarian.

          A permit may either be issued by our office, or by Global Vet Link for those veterinarians who elect to utilize that service. If the permit is to be issued by our office, the photographs (or a copy of the valid digital Coggins which contains 3 photos) should be emailed by the examining veterinarian.


          Equine Interstate Event Permit Veterinarian Checklist

          Virginia Equine Interstate Event Permit Application

          GO PASS


          Multi-state passage into approved states and regions for six months with on-line owner itinerary reporting to state animal health officials
          Allows veterinarians and diagnostic laboratories to more efficiently and accurately complete the regulatory requirements for equine movements
          HealthLINK Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection
          Easier and faster creation, submission and record-keeping of Electronic Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (eCVIs)


          • #6
            If your vet uses ; http://www.globalvetlink.com/ or similar, you are probably in the system already.

            "GlobalVetLINK provides online connectivity between veterinarians and state animal health officials, allowing instant online access of regulatory documents such as Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) to appropriate officials. The instant online access and searchable database allows for quicker response and containment of animal disease diagnosis and outbreaks in an emergency situation.
            Click here for a complete directory of state animal health departments, their contact information and links to their import regulation pages."
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
              If your vet uses ; http://www.globalvetlink.com/ or similar, you are probably in the system already.

              "GlobalVetLINK provides online connectivity between veterinarians and state animal health officials, allowing instant online access of regulatory documents such as Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) to appropriate officials. The instant online access and searchable database allows for quicker response and containment of animal disease diagnosis and outbreaks in an emergency situation.
              Click here for a complete directory of state animal health departments, their contact information and links to their import regulation pages."
              Pffffffffffft! As. IF! The only way I EVER find out about the latest Strangles or EHV-1 outbreak around here is right here on COTH--it's happened twice in the past year within half an hour of my farm and you think any of our VETS even bother telling us?

              This is just one more instance of gov't. surveillance being justified by fear--like "terrorists" are going to use our horses as some kind of infectious vector. Watch out, 'cause they'll be wanting to microchip YOU next!


              • #8
                Every time a participating vet does a coggins test, health cert etc., it is uploaded to the State. It is the State's responsibility to control disease outbreaks, not your vet's. If your state is anything like ours they are still operating in the middle ages when it comes to computers.
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                • Original Poster

                  Federal Rules Regulating Interstate Movement of Livestock Take Effect Feb. 26
                  ANNAPOLIS, MD (Feb. 13, 2013)
                  The new federal regulations also affect the interstate movement of horses and poultry; however, no change to current movement requirements is anticipated for either group. Generally, horses moving interstate to and from Maryland are now required – and will continue to be required – to carry an ICVI. Horses entering Maryland from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Virginia to attend an event for less than 72 hours, or to a Maryland exhibition, are exempt from the ICVI requirement and may enter with a current Equine Infectious Anemia Test Report. Maryland horses entering another state must meet the requirements of that state.
                  Producers or veterinarians who have questions about the rule should contact MDA Animal Health Inspectors Dave Shinham or Melissa Foster at 410-841-5810 or send email to animal.disease.traceability@maryland.gov.