Please find the most current state requirements regarding moving horses and Versicular Stomatitis. If you have any questions please contact the American Horse Council at 202-296-4031.
Requires a statement on health certificate that horses be free of signs and come from a premises at least 10 miles from a positive premises and be test negative by a test approved by the State of origin. The rule can be found at http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/ai/main/vs_main.shtml . Interested persons can also speak to Ms. Zelma Smith at (850) 410 -0900.
Requires any horses coming from a state with any area of quarantine for VS to have a statement on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that the animal/s listed on the CVI do not have any lesions consistent with VS and have not originated or been in an area under quarantine for VS. Also requires any Oklahoma horses that have entered a state with any area of quarantine for VS, obtain a CVI from an accredited veterinarian in that state with a similar statement prior to returning to Oklahoma.
Horses may enter Louisiana from a state where VS has been diagnosed providing they originate from an area that is not under quarantine for VS and a statement on the Health Certificate that certifies that they have not been in a quarantined area within the past 30 days.
All veterinarians issuing Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for livestock including equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine, and cervidae transported into Illinois from any state with a confirmed diagnosis of vesicular stomatitis within the past 30 days must include the following statement on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: "Vesicular stomatitis has not been diagnosed on the premises of origin within the past thirty days. I have examined the premises of origin and have found no signs of vesicular stomatitis."
For a horse to enter into Maryland from a VS infected state, the following is required:
1. The horse must be fully identified on a CVI.
2. A permit number must be obtained. This can be done by calling the MDA Animal Health Section at 410-841-5810.
3. The horse must have a negative VS serology test within 10 days of coming into Maryland.
4. The CVI must have a statement to the effect that the horse is showing no symptoms of VS at the time of exam and has not been within 10 miles of a premise on which VS has been diagnosed within the last 60 days.
All horses wishing to enter the state of Idaho from a state with V.S. must call the Idaho Division of Animal Industries to get an entry permit (208) 332-8540. No horses from within 10 miles of a V.S. premises will be allowed into the state of Idaho until that premises is cleared of their quarantine.
For any horse coming to Minnesota (from any U.S. state-for Canada call the USDA) we require a CVI and EIA test within the past 12 months. For horses coming from Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, or Utah (states with VS) the following statement must be on the CVI:
All animals identified on this health certificate have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the past 30 days, these animals have neither been exposed to nor located within 10 miles of an area where Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed.
In addition to the entry requirements found in 302KAR20:040 - Entry into Kentucky, all livestock (including horses), wild and exotic animals originating from the non-embargoed areas of a state having confirmed cases of VS are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky.
1. Be tested and found negative to VS using a USDA approved test with the sample collected during the 10 day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky.
2. Equine from a non-embargoed area must be tested using the C-Elisa Test with the sample collected during ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky.
2. Have an entry permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm EDT.
3. Be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection indicating that examination of the animals occurred during the five (5) day period prior to arrival in Kentucky and containing the following statement: "Animals represented on this CVI have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine or on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days or from an embargoed area restricted from entry into Kentucky.
States Bordering Designated Embargoed Areas
There are currently no bordering states defined by the KY Dept of Agriculture
In addition to the entry requirements found in 302KAR20:040 - Entry into Kentucky, all livestock (including horses), wild and exotic animals originating from a state which has a common border with a VS Embargoed Area are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky.
1. Have an Entry Permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm EDT.
2. Be examined during the five (5) day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection completed by the examining veterinarian. The certificate shall have the following statement included: "Animals represented on this CVI have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine or on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days or from an embargoed area restricted from entry into Kentucky.
Equine entering Kentucky from a state which has a common border with a VS Embargoed Area shall be accompanied upon their entry into Kentucky with a negative test for VSV (the Complement Fixation, Virus Neutralization and CELISA tests are accepted). The sampling shall be conducted during the ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky.
(1) Importation of livestock from a known VS state or region as designated by the United States Department of Agriculture shall be restricted as follows:
(a) No hoofed livestock may enter Tennessee if vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within ten(10) miles of the premise of origin since January 1, 2005.
(b) All hoofed livestock originating from a location greater than ten (10) miles, but less than one hundred (100) miles, from a premise where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed since January 1, 2005, are subject to the following requirements:
1. Livestock from shipment shall be examined by an accredited veterinarian to determine that they are free from vesicular stomatitis and shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with the following written statement signed by that accredited veterinarian:
"All animals identified on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have been examined and found to be free from vesicular stomatitis. During the past 30 days, these animals have neither been exposed to vesicular stomatitis nor located within ten (10) miles of a premise where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed."
2. Evidence of a negative test for vesicular stomatitis conducted within ten (10) days of shipment is required.
3. An entry permit number must be obtained from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture by calling 615/837-5120 during normal working hours and must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for each livestock shipment.
4. All livestock meeting these requirements will be quarantined upon entry into Tennessee for at least fourteen (14) days, and then inspected by an accredited veterinarian and found to be free of disease prior to release from the quarantine.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 44-2-102 and 4-3-203. Administrative History: Emergency rule filed July 25, 2005; effective through January 6, 2006.
Kansas requires a veterinary statement on the health certificates from states that have vesicular stomatitis as follows: these animals are not from a premises that is quarantined for vesicular stomatitis and show no clinical signs of disease
Restriction applies not only to horses but any species susceptible to VS, and reads as follows...
...the following statement must be included by the accredited veterinarian on any official interstate health certificate of veterinary inspection for importation of equidae, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, new world camelids, swine, or captive cervidae into Michigan: I have examined the animals listed on this certificate and have found no clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis. To the best of my knowledge, these animals have not been exposed to vesicular stomatitis, nor have they been vaccinated with a vesicular stomatitis vaccine within the previous 30 days.
Any person importing animals into the state of Michigan is required to comply with all of the statutory and regulatory provisions of the State of Michigan relating to animal health outlined in Public Act 466 of 1988, as amended, and Regulation 112 pursuant to Public Act 339 of 1919, as amended, Public Act 239 of 1992, Public Act 358 of 1994, and Public Act 200 of 1996.
Any listed animal for which the veterinarian cannot make the statement above is not accepted for import.
In addition to the requirements found in the current Animal Importation Regulations (Title 23 NAC, Chapter 2)...
1. All imports of equine (including horses, donkeys, mules, etc.), bovine (including cattle, bison, etc.), sheep goats, swine, cervidae (including elk, deer, etc.), and camilids (including camels, llamas, alpaca, etc.) from any state which has had a confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis positive animal, shall obtain a pre-entry permit prior to import into Nebraska, and this permit number shall be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI); and
2. The following statement shall be written on the CVI by the issuing veterinarian: the animals represented on this CVI have not originated from a premises or area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last 30 days. I have examined the animals and found no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis.
Horses entering from states with VS are required to obtain a permit number from the State Animal Industry Board (605) 773-3321. In addition, horses must be accompanied with a:
Official Health Certificate (with permit number)
Negative Coggins test within the past 12 months
VS statement on the Health Certificate that reads as follows:
"The animal(s) represented on this health certificate have not originated from a premises or area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis, and none are known to have been exposed to Vesicular Stomatitis. I have examined the animals and found no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis."