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Animal Health and Identification
Animal import requirements
Dog and cat requirements for import from out of state and out of country.
Canadian cattle import requirements
To enter Oregon, most vertebrate animals must have:
  • a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (abbreviated CVI, sometimes incorrectly called a ´health certificate´) issued less than 30 days prior to entry (less than 15 days for swine) - and -
  • an import permit issued by this office. For a permit, call 503-986-4680. Staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific time. After hours an automated system answers the permit line, records minimal information about the shipment, and issues a shipping permit number. Clinic staff must call the next regular working day to complete the import permit
  • tests or vaccinations may be required.
Entry requirements by species

Animal owners in Oregon
Information for animal owners in Oregon
Disaster preparedness tips
Disaster preparedness tips for pet, equine and livestock owners in pdf. (31.5 KB)
Foot and Mouth Disease alert
Oregon livestock producers are advised to be on the alert for Foot and Mouth Disease.  pdf 50.3 KB
National Poultry Improvement
National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)

Use of form VS 9-3 for shipment of chicks and hatching eggs

This form comes in multiple copies and each copy has a purpose:

  • White – Should accompany the shipment to assure the receiver that the shipped items are part of the NPIP program.   
  • Pink & Blue – Are to be forwarded to the Oregon Department of Ag, each month.  (ODA, Animal    Health and ID, 635 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97301).  One copy is maintained at ODA as record of shipment and one copy is forwarded to the state  animal health authorities in the state of destination  to provide them with record of shipment into their state.
  • Yellow – Flock owner/hatchery records.

This form should be completely and legibly filled out, it is a legal document.

  • Date of shipment/addresses must be included at the top.  The type and quantity of product being shipped should be marked.  The appropriate disease classification (dependent on the disease testing conducted on a regular basis in one’s flock) should be marked.  The form should be signed by an ODA representative prior to use. 

Many, but not all, states require only this form for legal importation of chicks and hatching eggs.

  • Prior to shipping to a state for the first time, check with that state’s animal health authorities in order to be sure that there are not additional requirements.

 To obtain a supply of forms, or for questions regarding the form, please contact:

Dr. Brad R. LeaMaster

State Veterinarian

Office: 503-986-4680



NPIP in Oregon
Participation for small flock owners
Why participate? - The primary reason to participate in the NPIP is to facilitate legal shipment of hatching eggs and chicks across state lines.
  • Some exhibition flock owners like to be NPIP certified to avoid testing at each show they participate in.
  • There is no requirement to be NPIP certified to sell chicks or hatching eggs within the state of Oregon.
  • Some states do have additional requirements for shipping hatching eggs, chicks, or poultry to their state.  Please contact the state of destination prior to shipment (see attached list of state contact numbers).
What disease testing is carried out for NPIP certification?Salmonella pullorum/typhoid is usually the only disease that small flock owners test for.  This test must be carried out annually on all, or up to 300, breeder birds in the flock.   This Salmonella may be spread through the egg to the chick, but is not a human health concern.  It is currently very rare in the US, but a few cases are found each year.  The last case in Oregon occurred in 1992.
  • Some flock owners test for Avian Influenza on a quarterly basis.
  • Others diseases that are covered by the NPIP program include Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Mycoplasma synoviae, and Salmonella enteritidis.  These diseases are monitored for in commercial breeder flocks.
How is the test carried out? - A drop of blood is extracted from each bird via the wing vein.  This blood is mixed with reagent and the test conducted on-site.
  • If a bird is positive (usually a cross reaction with another salmonella) then one ml of blood will be drawn to take back to the lab for confirmation or denial.
  • If the lab sample is positive, and the number of positive birds is low, then one may wait 45 days and retest the bird(s) to see if it remains positive.  The flock will be under quarantine during this period.
  • Alternately the bird may be sacrificed and the ODA Animal Health Lab will prepare the tissues for culture.  In the event of a confirmed positive, all positive birds would be culled or the flock will be under indefinite movement restrictions. 
What does it cost?  -  Currently, $25 - $50 (distance dependent) for a veterinarian to come out and run the tests, and ten cents per bird tested.   The annual NPIP membership fee is $25.  Due to the current state funding situation, these fees may change.
For further questions and/or to set up disease testing, please contact:
Dr. Brad R. LeaMaster
State Veterinarian
Office: 503-986-4680

Animal export requirements
Interstate shipments: Call the state of destination for animals going to other states within the US
Interstate shipments:
Call the state of destination for animals going to other states within the US.  PDF file (45 KB)

Animal owners outside Oregon
Information for animal owners outside of Oregon
Dog and cat requirements from out of state and out of country 

Find an Oregon Veterinarian
Oregon Veterinarian Database
Pasture Permit
Pasture Permit program exists for cattle shipped to another state for grazing purposes. All cattle moved on the Pasture to Pasture permit must be returned to the state of origin after the grazing season without a change of ownership
Status of program diseases
Oregon participates in cooperative state/federal programs to eradicate specific diseases in food animals. Our official status in these programs is:
  • Bovine brucellosis = CLASS FREE since January 14, 1993
  • Bovine tuberculosis = ACCREDITED FREE since January 13, 1989
  • Swine brucellosis = VALIDATED FREE since September 1, 1987
  • Swine pseudorabies = QUALIFIED FREE since May 5, 1994
  • Salmonella pullorum - typhoid = FREE since October of 1994
    (National Poultry Improvement Plan)
  • Sheep/Goat scrapie = CONSISTENT STATE STATUS

Veterinarians and clinic staff
Information for veterinarians and clinic staff in Oregon
Information for veterinarians and clinic staff in other states
Legibility counts on official documents.   It is important to print or type both the veterinarian's name and the full clinic name & address on all official documents: CVIs, test charts, vaccination reports, etc. If there's a question or problem and the clinic information is incomplete and we can't decipher the doctor's highly stylized signature, we don't know who to contact. A rubber stamp is OK for clinic information, but not for signatures.

Veterinary products
Manufacturers, Wholesalers, and Retailers of Veterinary Products
In addition to disease control efforts, the Animal Health Section maintains a registry of Veterinary Products sold or offered for sale in Oregon

Oregon veterinary emergency
Information about the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT)