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    6 Month Multi-State Health Certificates

    As we all feel the crunch of the economy on our wallets, I just wanted to drop everyone a reminder about the availability of the 6 month multi-state health certificates in many areas. There are digital and paper versions and are currently available for transport to multiple states in the south-east, south-central and north-west United States. One document will allow you to travel with your horse throughout the zone of your preference for up to 6 months (or as long as your EIA/Coggins is good - whichever ends first). These are official health documents, approved by your state veterinarian, that are intended for use by show horse owners and others who frequently travel with animals that maintain consistent veterinary care.

    If your state doesn't offer 6 month multi-state health certificates, I hope you will contact your state veterinarian and/or state horse council to ask for it. Most states that don't offer it are just waiting to get enough interest from horse owners before acting.

    Let me know if you would like any more information about 6 month multi-state heath certificates or feel free to ask your veterinarian. It could save you some cash over the next few months and is hugely beneficial to the equine community. Thanks for your support!
    Last edited by itstru; Jun. 10, 2009, 12:27 PM. Reason: Took out product names.

    #2
    Oooh--Yes please

    I'm a Cali native and y'all have some dinky, easily traversable states back here in the Northeast. My cosmopolitan horse and I would benefit from a 6 month health cert.. Are they available from NY addresses, or will they be by the beginning of August?

    Thanks so much!
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

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      #3
      NE U.S. - Ask for GoPass!

      Originally posted by mvp View Post
      I'm a Cali native and y'all have some dinky, easily traversable states back here in the Northeast. My cosmopolitan horse and I would benefit from a 6 month health cert.. Are they available from NY addresses, or will they be by the beginning of August?

      Thanks so much!
      Good question! Unfortunately, the northeast is basically a "hold-out" area right now and the one where horse owner support is needed most. In most states, the state vet just needs to recommend to the legistlature to make a ruling allowing the 6 month cooperative health certificates. It can be done very quickly if they are so-inclined. In the past, if a busy horse state - like NY or OH - would agree to write and reciprocate these kind of health certificates, then the neighboring states will usually follow in line and form a cooperative zone.

      If you can, contact your state vet and tell them that you support 6 month multi-state health certificates and ask your vet to support it too. A whole NE Zone could be in place before the end of the year!
      Last edited by itstru; Jun. 10, 2009, 12:25 PM. Reason: Took out website address.

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        #4
        In the interests of full disclosure, do you have a connection with Global Vet Link?

        If so, please let them know their fees are excessive
        "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

        ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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          #5
          Sure, I do work with them on legistlative issues and would be happy to share your concerns. 6 month health certificates are usually available in either a paper form from the your vet or the digital format through GVL so you don't have to use a GVL vet if you don't want to. Whether you choose to get a paper form or a digital form is up to you but we need more horse owners to express their support of these kind of health documents if they want them.

          Are you a vet who has considered GVL? If so, please feel free to PM me your concerns on pricing. We take all comments/suggestions seriously and want to keep competitive in the marketplace and make sure we are filling a need. Thanks!




          Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
          In the interests of full disclosure, do you have a connection with Global Vet Link?

          If so, please let them know their fees are excessive
          Last edited by itstru; Jun. 10, 2009, 12:35 PM.

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            #6
            6 Month Multi-State Health Certificates

            FYI - I took out one product's registered name and reference to website. Sorry. I really am just hoping to get more people interested in letting their state vets and horse councils know if they want this product. If you travel a lot in participating states, it can be an economical option, in either paper or digital format.

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              #7
              Thanks for the reminder! My vet is supposed to be checking on options for me.
              Y'all ain't right!

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                #8
                Sadly Illinois - because we use to have a packing plant - does not allow this - We have just stopped showing out of state all together - to spendy!
                "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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                  #9
                  Just as a question? How can you promise that a horse is healthy six months from when he was inspected? Does this mean horse MUST be vaccinated and boostered to "hopefully" stay healthy for these kinds of paperwork?

                  Seeing horses get sick for no reason in a couple days, when they were fine before, does not assure me that health concerns are getting good attention with a six-month Free Pass Health Certificate. I would not want to stable next to horses that came with those kind of papers.

                  Animals do get sick, vaccinated, boostered or not. Just part of animal keeping. Having Health Certificates that are good for six months does NOT INSURE that animal is STILL healthy 60 or 90 days into that time frame. Look at the track scare last winter, when they closed things down after some sick horses came and went, leaving infection behind! Health officials had to run all around tracking the moving animals down to prevent MORE contagion. Tracks quarantined because of the sicknesses.

                  This does not sound like responsible thinking by anyone really concerned with their animals and other folks around them at activities.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by goodhors View Post
                    Seeing horses get sick for no reason in a couple days, when they were fine before, does not assure me that health concerns are getting good attention with a six-month Free Pass Health Certificate. I would not want to stable next to horses that came with those kind of papers.

                    This does not sound like responsible thinking by anyone really concerned with their animals and other folks around them at activities.
                    Do you think that "12 month Coggins Test" is OK to stable next to? Should we go to a monthly Coggins Test? I would rather stable next to a cold, flu, or strangles than Swamp Fever. Why are we comfortable not requiring people to have health certificates before they cough at us in the grocery store line, or share public restroom facilities with who knows what, but are MORE protective of our horses?

                    I think it should be called a permit, rather than a health certificate. No one can say a horse will be healthy tomorrow, next week, or next month. I can't imagine having a vet bill every couple of weeks, all year long just to show. A show permit that states the horse is stabled under the routine care of a veterinarian, and maintained with regular vaccines is very much a good thing.

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                      #11
                      If they're going to require a health certificate beyond a coggins test, I don't know how a 6 month cert. has any value. A lot can happen in 6 months.

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                        #12
                        I did look at the website and I'm a little curious about whether the OP has a financial interest in all this.

                        Here's what I can't figure out.

                        1) So, were it legal in the Northeast, I could ask my vet to fill out a paper form and just carry it with me in the glove compartment of my truck as I do with his Coggins, Rabies and 30 Health cert now?

                        What's the point of the on-line version? Where's the rate sheet on the site?

                        2) Who is the "State Vet" for NY and why contact the guy about this? While I'd save some dough some years if the 6-monther were legalized, is it worth the effort when an on-line company could do the work and earn their money?

                        Sorry if I sound cynical. If you can read through that and take the questions seriously, I'll be happy to help if I can and it makes sense for the average horse joe.
                        The armchair saddler
                        Politically Pro-Cat

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                          #13
                          Health certificates are such a joke.

                          We trailer our horses down to the vet, the vet comes out, opens the trailer door to "see" the horses, then writes up the certificate. I know some vets don't even insist upon seeing your horse, but ours does.

                          Does anyone know what happens if you *don't* have it? Say, you have your Coggins but not a health certificate?

                          I've never had to show a health certificate except once when crossing the state line into Florida on the interstate.

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                            #14
                            In FL, you have to fill out the NAIS paperwork to get that fancy thing, so be careful.
                            I usually get the 6 month extension in FL where you send everything in to Tallahassee and they send you an extra form that counts as your extension.
                            "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Gaitingglory View Post
                              Does anyone know what happens if you *don't* have it? Say, you have your Coggins but not a health certificate?
                              I know what happens At least crossing into FL from GA along I-75....

                              I was trailering to a clinic with someone who should have known better. She had her coggins but didn't have a health cert (I had all my paperwork in order). Not only that, but she drove past the ag station without pulling in. The police chased us down, pulled us over to the side of I-75, where we promptly ran over some crap and got a flat tire. Once the tire was fixed, we had to go to the next exit (with police escort) turn around and back track to the ag station on the opposite side of the expressway where they hassled over health certificates. The gal's vet, who had seen the horse the week before, would not fax a certificate, though they told him they'd allow it. We waited for about an hour for the 'on call' vet to come and look at the horse, write up a health certificate and collect his $100 cash before we were allowed to go back up the road, turn back around and finally head on our way. We wasted hours. WHAT A PAIN!!
                              If we had not gone through all that, we would have been sent home and not 'allowed' into Florida.

                              That experience really hammered home the lesson that it's better to have and not need than to need and not have! I haven't had to show anyone the last three health certificates I've gotten, but it's still worth it to me because I know what can happen if you get caught without one.
                              Y'all ain't right!

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by mvp View Post
                                I did look at the website and I'm a little curious about whether the OP has a financial interest in all this.

                                Here's what I can't figure out.

                                1) So, were it legal in the Northeast, I could ask my vet to fill out a paper form and just carry it with me in the glove compartment of my truck as I do with his Coggins, Rabies and 30 Health cert now?

                                What's the point of the on-line version? Where's the rate sheet on the site?

                                2) Who is the "State Vet" for NY and why contact the guy about this? While I'd save some dough some years if the 6-monther were legalized, is it worth the effort when an on-line company could do the work and earn their money?

                                Sorry if I sound cynical. If you can read through that and take the questions seriously, I'll be happy to help if I can and it makes sense for the average horse joe.
                                1) Yes it seems you would keep it with you for 6 months instead of 30 days (neither of which guarantee a horse is healty, as others have said). The benefit of it being an on-line service is that you get a pdf of the completed form so it is easy to print off additional copies if you lose one (this is a bonus to me because I am much better at organizing my computer than paper files). The advantage to the local vet (according to my husband, who is one), is that he/she doesn't have to keep the paper copy in a file (especially helpful in practices with electronic medical records), when a client says they've lost it, he can just email them another copy from whereever he might be on the road as opposed to needing to be in a physical office with the physical file and a fax machine, and that GVL takes care of electronically routing the health certificate to all of the state vets where you are going. With the old paper system, the local vet is supposed to mail copies of the health certificate to each of these people, a REAL pain, if he/she has lots of widely travelling clients.

                                2) The "state vet" is a state government employee who is the top official for making veterinary health policy. They are mostly interested in public and herd health. The reason you would contact your state vet is if you want to influence him to accept a policy change where horses coming in and out of NY to be covered under the 6 month certificate.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Schiffon View Post
                                  1) The advantage to the local vet (according to my husband, who is one), is that he/she doesn't have to keep the paper copy in a file (especially helpful in practices with electronic medical records), when a client says they've lost it, he can just email them another copy from whereever he might be on the road as opposed to needing to be in a physical office with the physical file and a fax machine, and that GVL takes care of electronically routing the health certificate to all of the state vets where you are going. With the old paper system, the local vet is supposed to mail copies of the health certificate to each of these people, a REAL pain, if he/she has lots of widely travelling clients.
                                  Yabbut the "local vet" also needs to maintain a monthly subscription to GVL *and* pay a good chunk of change to them for each certificate.
                                  Costs which will be passed on to the owner.
                                  "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                  ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                                    #18
                                    Thanks for the answers!

                                    I'll think about hunting down the Grand Poobah of NY Vets.

                                    In the meantime, I'm not sure the electronic option would be that useful. I can deal with paper copies. That stuff all lives in a plastic envelope in the glove compartment of my truck. And my vets are rarely around their office, conveniently near a fax machine. But I can see how this might work for big practices, busy people and/or big training operations who manage the paper work for many clients and horses. Yes, there is money to be made... and spent, I suppose.
                                    The armchair saddler
                                    Politically Pro-Cat

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