Animal Health Regulations

The requirements pertaining to importation of livestock and poultry into Vermont from another state are addressed in Rule # 98074: Rules Governing the Importation of Domestic Animals, Including Livestock and Poultry. Import Permits are required in advance of movement of all poultry and livestock species into Vermont except horses and may be obtained by calling the Animal Health Office at (802)828-2421, Monday through Friday, 7:45AM to 4:30PM.

General requirements per species are included below. Please consult the Vermont Import Rules or call the Animal Health Office for complete details.

CATTLE AND BISON
  1. Import Permit;
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to date of importation;
  3. Official individual identification;
  4. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements.
SWINE
  1. Import Permit;
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to date of importation;
  3. Official individual identification or official individual premises identification for feeder swine;
  4. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements.
EQUINE
  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to date of importation;
  2. All equine imported into  Vermont shall test negative for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) within 12 months of entry by a Coggins test or other USDA officially recognized test for Equine Infectious Anemia. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall contain the date of the test for EIA, and identify the laboratory performing the test.
SHEEP & LAMBS
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation;
  3. Official individual identification;
  4. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements.
GOATS
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation;
  3. Official individual identification;
  4. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements.
CAMELIDS
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation;
  3. Have tested negative to a USDA officially recognized test for brucellosis dated within 30 days prior to the date of entry into the state;
  4. Have tested negative to a USDA officially recognized test for tuberculosis dated within 90 days prior to the date of entry into the state. 
CERVIDAE
  1. Import Permit;
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation.
  3. Official individual identification of each cervid imported is required;
  4. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements.
RATITES
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or a National Poultry Improvement Plan Certificate with the flock approval number dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation.
  3. Official individual identification of each ratite imported is required. 
POULTRY
  1. Import Permit;
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or a National Poultry Improvement Plan Certificate with the flock approval number dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation;
  3. Testing: consult the Rules or call the Animal Health Office for official testing requirements. 
PSITTACINE BIRDS
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 15 days prior to the date of importation;
  3. All psittacine birds imported into Vermont should be identified by a metal band, implant or other approved identification which identifies the breeder;
  4. All imported psittacine birds shall be inspected and found to be free of infectious, contagious, and communicable diseases within 15 days immediately prior to the date of entry into Vermont;
  5. All imported psittacine birds shall be quarantined for 15 days immediately after entry into Vermont and may be subject to post-entry test and examination;
  6. All importers of psittacine birds shall keep records that indicate the origin and date of shipment, the name and address of the breeder, the number of birds shipped, and the name and address of the persons to whom the imported birds are sold.
FERRETS
  1. Import Permit; 
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation. 
DOMESTIC FUR-BEARING ANIMALS
  1. Import Permit;
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation.
WILD ANIMALS

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets does not have jurisdiction over wild animals.  The importer should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Fish and Wildlife Department for information pertaining to the importation of exotic species and wild animals.

CULTURED TROUT

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets does not have jurisdiction over cultured trout.  The importer should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Fish and Wildlfe Department for information pertaining to the importation of trout.