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Animal Admissions Requirements

If you are bringing an animal into Virginia, please click on the appropriate link below to find out what is required for the animal to enter Virginia. If you are not sure what category your animal fits into, or if you have other questions about Virginia’s animal admission requirements, please contact the Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483.

Birds (except poultry)
Cattle (including bison, water buffalo, and yak)
Dogs and Cats
Goats and Sheep
Other Ruminants (such as alpacas, llamas, camels,
and deer)

Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratites, and
game birds such as quail or partridge)

Primates (monkeys and apes)
Swine (including pet pigs)
All other Animals

Effective January 18, 2012 Virginia has new regulations governing the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. These regulations are in place to protect the health of Virginia’s animal populations, and to ensure that Virginia animals can enter other states and countries with minimum requirements.

To view the full text of Virginia’s new animal admission regulations, please see:

Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Companion Animals, and Other Animals or Birds Into Virginia.

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