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Health Certificate Requirements

General Health Requirements Governing Admission of Livestock and Poultry into Louisiana

All livestock brought into the state shall be accompanied by an official health certificate stating that the animals are healthy, free from signs of infectious or contagious diseases and signs of internal and/or external parasites, and meet the specific requirements stated in this regulation. Health certificates are valid for 30 days only. Livestock consigned to an approved slaughter establishment or an approved livestock auction market are exempt from this requirement. No livestock affected with, or carrying the contagion of, screwworms shall be moved into Louisiana for any purpose. 

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 3:2093. HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock Sanitary Board, LR

Animal Disease Traceability Requirements Governing Interstate Movement of Livestock. 

A new federal requirement became effective March 11, 2013 governing the interstate movement of livestock covered under the Animal Disease Traceability rule-cattle, bison, equine, poultry, sheep, goats, swine, and captive cervids. These covered livestock must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate) when traveling interstate, unless they are subject to specific exemptions.

Individual entry requirements are determined by the state of destination. Please check with that state in a timely manner to adhere to all entry requirements of that state.   Contact information for state animal health officials may be found at the U.S. Animal Health Association website at: USAHA website.

Completed large animal health certificates must be sent to our office within 7 days of issue by the Accredited Veterinarian to comply with new Animal Disease Traceability regulations. Health certificates may be mailed, faxed, or emailed in either hard copy or electronic format to our office. For more information on electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (eCVI) please call our office at 225-925-3980. We will forward a copy of the health certificate to the state of destination. 

Large animal and small animal health certificates and trial programs using electronic health certificates are available from our office. Equine Passports for events in multiple states are also available from our office. Please call 225-925-3980 to place an order for health certificates, to receive passport forms, or to register for eCVIs.


For information on international travel call the USDA APHIS Area Office in Flowood, MS at 601-965-4307.

More information on the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) may be found at: USDA APHIS Veterinary Accreditation

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