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Animal Admissions Requirements - Swine (including pet pigs)

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Swine (including pet pigs)

Photo of pigs.General Requirements:
All swine entering Virginia, unless exempted below, must be officially identified and require a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) issued 30 days or less before entry from a licensed and accredited veterinarian in the state of origin. Official identification for swine can be an ear tag, ear notch, or tattoo recorded by a purebred registry; an ear tag or other affixed device bearing a unique individual or group identification number issued by an official state or federal program; an official premise identification tattoo including state of origin; or other forms of identification considered official by the USDA or the State Veterinarian.

Additional requirements for Commercial Swine:
Commercial swine are swine that are continuously managed; are intended for the production of meat or breeding for such purposes; and have adequate facilities and practices to prevent exposure to feral swine, captive feral swine, or other swine that may have been exposed to feral or captive feral swine.

Commercial swine originating from a herd/region that is considered free from brucellosis and pseudorabies by the USDA or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian may enter Virginia without testing.  The CVI must have a statement indicating the region is considered free from brucellosis by the USDA or an approved state program, or verification of herd participation in a USDA or state program.

Sexually intact commercial swine over four months of age not originating from a herd or region considered free of brucellosis by the USDA or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian must be negative to a brucellosis test within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia.

Commercial swine not originating from herd or region that is considered free from pseudorabies by the USDA or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian have to be individually tested and negative to a pseudorabies test within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia. Sexually intact swine will be quarantined at the premises of destination until retested between 30 and 60 days after importation at the consignee's expense.

No commercial swine vaccinated for pseudorabies can be imported into Virginia unless under permit for direct slaughter.

Commercial swine intended for feeding purposes (and not intended for breeding purposes), from a farm of origin in a state adjoining Virginia and from a pseudorabies free region, may enter Virginia without a CVI.

Additional requirements for Noncommercial Swine (including pet pigs):
Noncommercial swine are all swine not considered commercial or slaughter swine, including but not limited to wild hogs, feral swine, exhibition swine, or pigs kept as pets.

Noncommercial swine originating from herds considered free from brucellosis and pseudorabies by the USDA or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian may enter Virginia without testing provided verification of herd participation in the federal or state program is indicated on the CVI, and the swine have not had contact with feral swine.

Sexually intact noncommercial swine over four months of age not from a herd considered free from brucellosis must be negative to a brucellosis test within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia.

Noncommercial swine not from a herd considered free from pseudorabies must be negative to a pseudorabies test within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia.  Sexually intact swine will be quarantined at their destination until retested between 30 and 60 days after importation at the consignee's expense.

Nononcommercial swine vaccinated for pseudorabies can be imported into Virginia unless under special permit issued at the discretion of the State Veterinarian and subject to any restrictions he deems necessary.

Additional requirements for Slaughter Swine:
Any slaughter swine not known to be infected with or exposed to pseudorabies may enter Virginia without a CVI, but only if it is accompanied by a waybill, bill of lading, bill of sale, or other document that identifies the swine to the farm of origin and only if it is sent directly to a slaughter establishment that is inspected by the USDA or VDACS; or to a USDA-approved market and from there directly to an inspected slaughter establishment.

Slaughter swine infected with or exposed to pseudorabies can only be imported into Virginia under special permit issued at the discretion of the State Veterinarian.  Please call the Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.1771 if you wish to ship such swine to Virginia.

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Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Companion Animals, and Other Animals or Birds Into Virginia.

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