All horses entering Virginia require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued 30 days or less before entry by a licensed and accredited veterinarian in the state of origin, or an unexpired equine interstate event permit or passport issued by a licensed and accredited veterinarian in the state of origin. The horse must be identified on the CVI, permit or passport. Identification for horses can be a thorough written or photographic record of the horse's appearance, a legible breed association tattoo number, or an affixed or implanted device bearing a unique identification number. All horses entering Virginia have to have been officially tested and found negative for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within the past 12 months and be accompanied by an official test (Coggins) certificate. Foals six months of age or under accompanying a negative dam are exempt from testing.
Permits are required for horses entering Virginia from EIA infected premises, and for horses 2 years of age or older that are entering Virginia from, or have passed through, a country where contagious equine metritis occurs. Please contact the Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483 if you require a permit.