Livestock Board reiterates equine import requirements

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – In response to a recent case of Equine Infectious Anemia in Colorado, the Wyoming Livestock Board is strongly reminding horse owners and dealers of the requirements to bring horses and other equids into the state.

To come into Wyoming, all equine – including donkeys, horses, and mules – are required to have an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) issued by an accredited veterinarian from the state of origin. These certificates are valid for 30 days. Additionally, a negative EIA test (commonly known as a Coggins test), the official test for equine infectious anemia, is required within 12 months prior to importation. 

These regulations are meant to prevent infectious equine diseases from spreading in Wyoming. Each state determines the requirements for animals entering from outside its borders. Prior to moving any animal across state lines, owners should call the office of the state veterinarian in the state of destination to learn that state’s current import requirements. Animal owners are responsible for complying with these regulations. 

Further information regarding these import regulations can be obtained by contacting the Wyoming Livestock Board headquarters in Cheyenne at (307) 777-7515 or the Riverton Field Office at (307) 857-4140.

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