The Equine Interstate Event Permit allows horse owners traveling out of state with their animals for horse shows and festivals to obtain a permit equivalent to a health certificate, but valid for six months. Virginia horses may travel in, to and through the following states with a current Equine Interstate Event Permit: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Virginia horse owners interested in obtaining an Equine Interstate Event Permit will need to see their normal large animal veterinarian in order to submit the application. Applications must include a current Coggins certificate and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Horses will need to be identified by a microchip or a set of three current digital photographs submitted with the application. The Equine Interstate Event Permit may be issued by the VDACS Office of Veterinary Services or by GlobalVetLink. The issuance of this permit will continue and be honored until June 30, 2019.
The Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (EECVI) will replace the current Equine Interstate Event Permit. The new EECVI is only available online through GlobalVetLink. The EECVI extends the original timeframe of a CVI from 30 days to six months from the CVI inspection date or the Coggins test expiration date, whichever comes first.
Prior to each movement, the owner must record movement information into the GlobalVetLink database and obtain a Health Declaration and Movement Permit (HDMP). In order for the EECVI to remain valid, the Coggins test form and the HDMP must be kept together (official digital copies are acceptable).
An EECVI must be obtained through a veterinarian. Please see Resources below for further information.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Veterinary Services or GlobalVetLink. If you are planning to import horses into Virginia, please refer to the Virginia admissions requirements for horses.
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