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Permit allows Va. owners to move horses throughout SE US for 6 months

Cross-posted from The Horse.com

Three horses in a travel trailer. Image-TheHorse.com.
Three horses in a travel trailer. Image-TheHorse.com.

Virginia horse owners have a new opportunity to travel with their horses throughout the southeastern United States for six months using the new Equine Interstate Event Permit (EIEP), according to Richard Wilkes, DVM, state veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Effective immediately, horse owners can elect to obtain the six-month passport in lieu of a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) that is only good for 30 days.

“Horse owners have asked for this interstate event permit option for some time,” said Wilkes, “But we had to ensure that we could provide the convenience of a six-month passport while continuing to protect Virginia’s equine industry from disease. We have developed the database and record-keeping system and have a memorandum of agreement with 14 states that allow us to move forward with issuing the permit.”

Participating states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The state of New York recently confirmed that it will also accept the six-month permit. Read more >>