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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

BOAH > Species Information > Equine/Horses > Indiana Entry Health Requirements: EQUINE Indiana Entry Health Requirements: EQUINE

The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of equine into Indiana. The identification, movement and testing laws can be viewed in more detail in 345 IAC 1-2, 345 IAC 1-3, and 345 IAC 6. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health Companion Animal and Equine Division at (317) 544-2393 or toll free at (877) 747-3038 or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

Required with the following exceptions: 

  • Animals used as the mode of transportation for travel into the state and returned directly to the original location
  • Animals traveling to a facility for veterinary treatment that will return to the state-of origin
  •  Animals traveling through the state without being unloaded
  • Animals moved directly to an approved livestock facility
  •  Animals consigned for immediate slaughter                                             

The CVI must be issued by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana.

 

Animal Identification:

If a CVI is required, official identification is also required and must be included on the CVI. Official identification options for equine include the following:

  • A description sufficient to identify the individual animal including, but not limited to, the following: name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, unique and permanent forms of identification when present (e.g. brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, blemishes, or biometric measurements)
  • Electronic identification that complies with ISO 11784/11785
  • Non-ISO electronic identification if applied to the animal on or before March 11, 2014
  • Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual animal

Pre-entry Permit: None required, unless the animal is coming from a region where Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) exist or a region that trades horses freely with a region in which CEM exist.

Testing:

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

Equine must be tested for EIA (sometimes called a "Coggins test") within the 12 months immediately prior to an animal entering Indiana. Animals that test positive for EIA may not enter Indiana. The ELISA and AGID tests for EIA are accepted.

The following equine are exempt from the EIA test requirement:

  • Suckling foals that are accompanied by their dam, when the dam has tested negative for EIA within the last twelve months.
  • Animals moved directly to a licensed livestock market, it the market facility collects a sample and submits it for EIA testing immediately upon arrival at the market.
  • Animals consigned for immediate slaughter.

Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)

The Indiana Board of Animal Health has specific permitting, quarantine, and testing requirements for equine imported from a region where CEM exists or a region that trades horses freely with a region in which CEM exists.  If you would like to import equine to Indiana from such a region, contact Dr. Sandra Norman at (317-544-2389) for guidance on these requirements.

Vaccination: None required.

Exhibition: If the animal is to be entered in a livestock exhibition in Indiana, see also the Indiana exhibition requirements.
Exhibition Requirements.