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Individual State Health Regulations - Equines

Each individual state sets the health requirements which must be met by animals coming into their state.  For example, animals transported across state lines into North Carolina require a certificate of veterinary inspection completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian.  This certificate is completed by a veterinarian at the origin of the shipment.  State veterinarians determine the requirement for such entry.  The major purpose is to safeguard the health of animal populations.  These state requirements are subject to periodic changes; therefore, it is impossible to provide a current set of requirements of each of the states.

The Voice Response Service (VRS) of the Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health is available to individuals wanting to know what health papers and tests are required to transport livestock to another state.

The VRS is a 24-hour, 365 days/yr (including holidays) access system that allows users to retrieve information.  The retrieval system is accessed by simply dialing 1-800-545-8732 on a touch tone phone

Once connection is made with the VRS, a simulated human voice announces a series of menus.  The user can listen to emergency notices which may be in effect or select regulations pertinent to a specific state.  FOR EACH SPECIFIC STATE, THE STATE VETERINARIAN PHONE NUMBER IS GIVEN IN CASE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT REGULATIONS OR PERMITS ARE NEEDED.  Additional menus provided by some states allow the user to select specific categories of import requirements.  This system is very user friendly and offers everyone the opportunity to know ahead of time what tests are needed to transport animals, semen, and embryos across state lines for purchase, breeding or showing.  because import requirements vary in each state, selections may be different from state to state.  State and species codes are listed below:

Animal Species Codes

Horses & other Equidae

2

Goats & Sheep

5

Semen & Embryos

7

Pets

3

Cattle

1

Swine

6

Other species or information

8

Poultry, hatching eggs, commercial birds

4

  Postal State Codes

Alabama

AL

25

Nebraska

NE

63

Alaska

AK

25

Nevada

NV

68

Arizona

AZ

21

New Hampshire

NH

64

Arkansas

AR

27

New Jersey

NJ

65

California

CA

22

New Mexico

NM

66

Colorado

CO

26

New York

NY

69

Connecticut

CT

28

North Carolina

NC

62

Delaware

DE

33

North Dakota

ND

63

District of Columbia

DC

32

Ohio

OH

64

Florida

FL

35

Oklahoma

OK

65

Georgia

GA

42

Oregon

OR

67

Hawaii

HI

44

Pennsylvania

PA

72

Idaho

ID

43

Rhode Island

RI

74

Illinois

IL

45

South Carolina

SC

72

Indiana

IN

46

South Dakota

SD

73

Iowa

IA

42

Tennessee

TN

86

Kansas

KS

57

Texas

TX

89

Kentucky

KY

59

Utah

UT

88

Louisiana

LA

52

Vermont

VT

88

Maine

ME

63

Virginia

VA

82

Maryland

MD

63

Washington

WA

92

Massachusetts

MA

62

West Virginia

WV

98

Michigan

MI

64

Wisconsin

WI

94

Minnesota

MN

66

Wyoming

WY

99

Mississippi

MS

67

Guam

GU

48

Missouri

MO

66

Puerto Rico

PR

77

Montana

MT

68

Virgin Islands

VI

84

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