State and federal regulations regarding the shipment of
livestock and other animals across state lines support efforts to prevent,
control, or eradicate animal diseases and prevent livestock theft.
Each state determines the requirements for animals entering
from outside its borders. Call the Office of the State Veterinarian in the
state of destination to learn the state's current import requirements such as the following:
- Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI)
- Import permit
- Vaccinations against disease
- Tests for disease
- Statements about the animal disease conditions of the area
or flock/herd of origin
- Other requirements the state determines are appropriate
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets
requirements for interstate shipment of some animals, for which there are
state-federal disease eradication programs (cattle, swine, poultry).
Animal owners are responsible for complying with regulations
when moving animals across state lines. Your veterinarian can help you with
Information about import requirements for each species may
be found on the individual species pages.