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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
6/22/2024

2VAC5-141-130. Primate entry requirements; exemptions.

A. Within the 10 days prior to its date of entry into Virginia, a primate 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 and test results must be submitted with the permit request and on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection in a format approved by the State Veterinarian.

B. All primates imported into Virginia must be microchipped, and such microchip number must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

C. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall include a statement attesting to the fact that the veterinarian has carefully examined the oral mucosa of the primate and has found no evidence of disease lesions or inflammatory processes.

D. A primate imported into Virginia shall be subject to a tuberculosis test performed by a state, federal, tribal, or accredited veterinarian and be found negative within 30 days prior to entry into Virginia. If using a tuberculosis test other than the intradermal test, it is permissible for test results to be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection as pending, as long as the results are reported to the State Veterinarian within three business days of entry and the animal is isolated upon arrival until the test results are reported.

E. A primate that has been associated with a colony in which other primates have shown a response to the tuberculin test shall not be eligible for entry into Virginia until all primates in the colony have passed two consecutive tuberculosis tests not less than 30 days apart.

F. A primate kept properly under control by its owner or custodian when traveling through Virginia to another state shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter.

G. A primate brought into Virginia by a resident of Virginia or by a resident of another state who intends to make his residence in Virginia shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter unless the primate is brought into Virginia to be offered for public adoption, transfer, sale, trade, or promotional incentive.

H. A primate brought into Virginia for fewer than 10 days for the purpose of legal exhibition with no change of ownership shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter.

I. 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.

J. 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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