The Animal Health Section of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets closely regulates the movement of livestock into and out of Vermont. Through this close oversight, Animal Health Section personnel help to prevent the introduction and spread of domestic and foreign animal diseases that could be devastating to Vermont’s livestock agricultural industry.
The interstate movement requirements that must be met are dictated by the species, age and sex of the animal, as well as the purpose for its transport into Vermont or the state of destination (slaughter, breeding, etc.). In most cases, livestock imported into Vermont must be officially identified, travel with a health certificate dated within 30 days of import, and must travel with an import permit number obtained from the Animal Health Office prior to transport. Equine animals are exempt from the identification and import permit requirements but must travel with a negative Coggins certificate and a valid health certificate.
Disease testing requirements and exemptions also exist. Prior to importing a livestock animal into Vermont, review Vermont’s import regulations to ensure you are compliant and have your veterinarian contact the Animal Health Office to obtain an import permit if applicable.
Other species-specific animal movement requirements may be viewed using the links below:
Federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule