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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
6/15/2024

2VAC5-141-120. Swine entry requirements; exemptions.

A. Within the 30 days prior to its date of entry into Virginia, a swine must be deemed healthy and free of infectious diseases after examination by an accredited veterinarian and all required tests must be completed. Proof of examination, test results, and official identification must be submitted with the permit request and on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection in a format approved by the State Veterinarian. All swine shall be accompanied by an electronic or written Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or alternative movement documentation approved by the State Veterinarian, which shall be in the possession of the person in charge of such swine.

B. All swine entering Virginia must bear an identification number, and the identification number must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

C. Official identification for a swine shall be:

1. An ear tag or other affixed device bearing a unique individual or group identification number issued by an official state or federal program;

2. An official premises identification tattoo that includes the state of origin; or

3. Another form of identification approved by the State Veterinarian.

D. A swine originating from a herd or region that is considered free from brucellosis and pseudorabies by a federal program or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian may enter Virginia without further testing requirements provided a statement indicating the region is considered free from brucellosis and pseudorabies by a federal or state program or verification of herd participation in the federal or state program is indicated on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, and the swine has not had known contact with free roaming swine.

E. A sexually intact swine over four months of age not originating from a herd or region considered free of brucellosis by a federal program or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian must be individually subject to a brucellosis test and found negative within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia. A sexually intact swine shall be quarantined at the premises of destination until such time as it is retested between 30 and 60 days after importation into Virginia at the consignee's expense.

F. A swine not originating from a herd or region that is considered free from pseudorabies by a federal program or a state program approved by the State Veterinarian shall be individually subject to a pseudorabies test and found negative within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia.

G. A swine that is free roaming or that has had known contact with free roaming swine must have tested negative for brucellosis and pseudorabies within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia.

H. A swine may be imported for immediate slaughter into Virginia without a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection provided it is consigned directly to a slaughter establishment.

I. A swine intended for feeding purposes and not intended for breeding purposes from a farm of origin in a state adjoining Virginia and from a region therein considered free of pseudorabies by a federal or state program may enter Virginia without a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection if an alternative movement document that has been approved by the State Veterinarian is submitted as required.

J. This section shall not be construed to (i) permit the entry into Virginia of any species of animal otherwise prohibited or restricted by any state or federal law, regulation, or directive or (ii) contravene additional entry requirements imposed by any state or federal law, regulation, or directive.

K. All testing required by this section shall be considered official if (i) conducted by a state, federal, tribal, or accredited veterinarian or (ii) collected by a state, federal, tribal, or accredited veterinarian and conducted by an official animal health laboratory approved by a state or federal animal health agency as dictated by testing protocol.

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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