Prevent the spread of equine diseases
The new permit can be used instead of the normal 30-day health certification. Horse owners can obtain it from their vet. For each horse, the owner must fill out and sign an application, present an origin Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) or health certificate, have a valid negative Coggins test, and be able to document microchip identification or provide three digital photos of the animal.
“I think equine owners will appreciate the savings this permit will offer in both time and money,” said North Carolina state veterinarian Dr. David Marshall.
“I don’t think the extended length of the health certificate will affect the health of our horses. Event managers will still have the right to turn away any animal that is visibly sick, and Veterinary Division personnel will continue to make random health checks at events,” the vet says.
Fourteen states are participating. Included are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The state of New York just recently announced that it will also accept the six-month permit.