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 permitted, the owner must fill out and sign an application, present an origin Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) or health paper/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 equine community is very conscious of illnesses and takes the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of diseases among animals,” he says.
Fourteen states are participating including 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.