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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 141. Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Pet Animals, and Other Animals or Birds into Virginia

2VAC5-141-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Agricultural animals" means livestock and poultry.

"Cat" means all domestic and wild members of the family Felidae.

"Cattle" means all domestic and wild members of the genera Bos, Bison, and Bubalus to include domestic cattle, yak, bison, and water buffalo.

"Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" means an official document, which may be in an electronic format, certifying the inspection of an animal and completed and signed by (i) an accredited veterinarian who is approved by the animal health official of the animal's state of origin, (ii) a veterinarian in the employ of the animal's state of origin, or (iii) a veterinarian in the employ of the Veterinary Services Division, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Dairy type" means all cattle of, or primarily of, a dairy or dual-purpose breed to include cattle of the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, or similar breeds to include castrated males of such breeds.

"Dog" means all domestic and wild members of the family Canidae.

"Free roaming swine" means swine that are not contained within an enclosure by their owner or custodian.

"Goat" means all domestic and wild members of the genus Capra.

"Hatching eggs" means all poultry eggs that are intended to be hatched.

"Horse" means all domestic and wild members of the family Equidae to include horses, asses, zebras, and any hybrids of horses, asses, or zebras.

"Livestock" means all cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, donkeys, mules, camels, llamas, and alpacas.

"Marketing facility" means a livestock market; stockyard; buying station; auction, consignment, or other sale venue; or other premises including those operating video, web-based, telephone, or other types of electronic sales methods, where livestock from multiple owners are comingled and assembled for sale or exchange in Virginia.

"NPIP" means the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

"Official identification" means a unique identification number issued by a state or federal program or other forms of identification approved by the State Veterinarian.

"Other ruminant" means all members of the order Artiodactyla not otherwise defined in this section as cattle, goats, sheep, or swine to include camelidae and cervidae.

"Permit" means permission granted by and in a format approved by the State Veterinarian that authorizes the import of certain classes of livestock, poultry, pet animals, primates, and other animals or birds into Virginia.

"Pet animal" means a dog, cat, nonpoultry bird species, or any other animal, ferae naturae, wild or tame under domestication or in custody that is not intended for commercial use or that by its nature is fit for use only as a pet.

"Poultry" means all domestic fowl, ratites, and game birds raised in captivity to include chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, or partridge.

"Primate" means all nonhuman members of the order Primates.

"Region" means any premises, political subdivision of a state or country, or other defined geographic area.

"Sheep" means all domestic and wild members of the genus Ovis.

"Slaughter establishment" means a livestock slaughter facility that is under inspection by the USDA or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

"State Veterinarian" means the State Veterinarian of the Commonwealth of Virginia or his designee.

"Swine" means all domestic and wild members of the family Suidae.

"USDA" means the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-5902 and 3.2-6002 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 8, eff. January 18, 2012; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 19, 2015; Volume 35, Issue 9, eff. February 7, 2019.

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