Abbreviated Vermont Rules Governing the Importation of Domestic Animals Including Livestock and Poultry From Northeastern States

Northeastern States Include NY, PA, MA, NH, ME, CT

In addition to these rules, there may be additional requirements imposed by fair organizers. Please check with the fair or event organizer for any additional requirements.
Information and assistance in understanding these rules may be obtained by writing the office of the State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets, 116 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901, or by telephoning the office at 802-828-2421 Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Fax; 802-828-5983.

General Requirements

  1. No person shall import or cause to be imported into Vermont any domestic animal that is affected with, or has been exposed to, any contagious disease.

  2. No person shall import, or cause to be imported, into Vermont any domestic animal unless the domestic animal is accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days prior to import except as provided by an exhibition permit.

  3. No person shall import or cause to be imported any domestic animal except dogs, cats or horses without an import permit or an exhibition permit from the commissioner.

  4. Exhibition Permits - Persons transporting domestic animals into the 1state for exhibition or competition during the fair season may obtain an exhibition permit from the commissioner prior to entering which will allow animals listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to be exempt from the requirement for a new Certificate of Veterinary Inspection every 30 days for the duration of the exhibition permit. However, all tests listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be kept current for the duration of the exhibition permit. Exhibition permits will expire in 180 days. To obtain an import or exhibition permit, the importer shall call 802-828-2421. A copy of the completed Certificate of Veterinary Inspection will need to be provided before an exhibition permit can be issued.

  5. All domestic animals for which import permits are required shall be individually and completely identified by official eartag, registered brand, registration number, official tattoo, marking, microchip or other appropriate official individual identification.

  6. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has authority to regulate importation and possession of wild birds and animals including amphibians and reptiles. Individuals wishing to import wild birds and animals should contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife at 802-241-3117.

Documentation Required For Importation of
Domestic Animals Into Vermont

Information and assistance in understanding these rules or requests for a permit may be obtained by calling the office of the State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets at 802-828-2421 Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. Fax 802-828-5983.

Cattle, Sheep, Goats And Swine

Import Permit: Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within 30 days prior to importation, except as provided by an exhibition permit; and Official individual identification. Official identification for sheep and goats is that required for Scrapie Disease Control.

Horses And Other Equidae

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to importation, except as provided by an exhibition permit; and Official individual identification.
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.

Camelids

Import Permit; Certificate of Veterinary Inspection dated within 30 days prior to the date of importation, except as provided by an exhibition permit. All camelids imported into Vermont shall:
a. Have tested negative to a USDA officially recognized test for brucellosis within 30 days prior to the date of entry into the state. Except that a brucellosis test at the beginning of the exhibition season will be a "current test:" for the duration of an exhibition permit.
b. Have tested negative to a USDA officially recognized test for tuberculosis dated within 90 days prior to the date of entry into the state. Except that a tuberculosis test at the beginning of the exhibition season will be a "current test" for the duration of an exhibition permit.

Poultry & Hatching Eggs

Required documentation for Importation: Import Permit; Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or a National Poultry Improvement Plan Certificate with the flock approval number dated within 30 days prior to importation.
Domestic fowl shall not be offered or accepted for exhibition purposes at any fair, show, meet or any event where such fowl are assembled unless the owner or keeper has acquired a certificate of health from the responsible State Livestock Official in the state of origin; such certificate of health shall include that the fowl offered for exhibition have been tested and found negative for pullorum-typhoid disease or originate from a pullorum-typhoid clean or passed flock, tested within the past 12 months.