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Other Ruminants (such as alpacas, llamas, camels & deer)

Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. If you are bringing an animal into Virginia, please click on the appropriate link below to find out what is required.

  • Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, ratites, & game birds such as quail or partridge)
  • Primates (monkeys & apes)
  • Swine (including pet pigs)
  • Other Animals (such as reptiles, large cats, bears)

Virginia regulations govern the entry of animals into the Commonwealth. Details are available in Virginia’s Other Ruminant Entry Requirements.

All other ruminants entering Virginia must bear identification, and the identification number must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Identification can be a tattoo, microchip, ear tag issued by a state or federal entity, or other form of identification approved by the State Veterinarian.

Other ruminants originating from a region not considered free of tuberculosis or brucellosis for cattle require additional testing. Contact the Office of Veterinary Services if you plan to bring a ruminant into Virginia from one of these areas.

The importation of deer into Virginia is generally prohibited. Please contact the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources if you plan to bring deer or other cervids into Virginia.

If you have questions about Virginia’s animal admission requirements, please contact the Office of Veterinary Services.

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