Overview

The Department oversees the requirements for livestock, poultry, and companion animals being imported into the state.  Requirements vary for the type of animal; however, owners generally need to supply a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and official identification, and meet testing requirements for disease before they can move their animals.

Visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to find rules for transporting animals internationally and the contact information for the USDA Port Veterinarians.

Additional Emergency Import Regulations

During the outbreak of HPAI in livestock in several other states, the Department has issued new import requirements for dairy cattle coming into New York. They are:

  • Importation of dairy cattle from a premises with a confirmed case of HPAI or a premises under investigation as a suspect premises is prohibited; and
  • Dairy cattle imported from affected states must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry into the state; and
  • CVIs issued for dairy cattle from affected states must include the statement: "All animals identified on the Certificate of Veterinary (CVI) have been examined and do not originate from a premises with a confirmed detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or that is currently under investigation as a suspect premises.”

USDA APHIS has additional restrictions for interstate movement of lactating dairy cattle which can be found here.

Flow chart showing testing requirements for cattle moving to slaughter.
This flow chart shows requirements for lactating cattle moving to slaughter. More details are written below.

For lactating New York dairy animals to move out of a New York livestock market or New York farm to a slaughter facility in another state:

  • Animals are required to have a CVI (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection), an Owner Shipper Statement (OSS) or NASAHO Owner Hauler Statement (OHS).
    • You must send the OSS/OHS to New York and the receiving state (email to: [email protected] for New York).
    • Pennsylvania accepts all three document types.
  • Check with the receiving state for additional requirements.

For lactating New York dairy animals to move out of a New York livestock market or New York farm to a non-slaughter facility in another state:

  • Animals are required to have a CVI, AND an HPAI test from within the last seven days.
  • Check with the receiving state for additional requirements.

For lactating New York dairy animals to move out of a New York livestock market back to a New York farm or slaughter facility:

  • No testing is required. 

For non lactating New York dairy animals to move out of a New York livestock market or farm:

  • No testing is required by USDA.
  • Animals moving out of state may move on an Owner Shipper Statement to slaughter or an a CVI to move non-slaughter pathway.
  • If moving out of state, check with receiving state for additional requirements.

*Note: This information is current as of 1:00 pm on May 2, 2024. It may change at any time*

A map of affected states can be found on the USDA website here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/livestock-poultry-disease/avian/avian-influenza/hpai-detections/livestock

Emergency Export Regulations

There are no emergency export regulations for animals in effect at this time.

Wildlife, Exotic Animals, Endangered Species, & Others

There are certain animals that are not under the jurisdiction of the Department for import requirements. Please contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for more information.

 
Rabbits

New York does not currently have importation requirements for rabbits. In light of incidences of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the western United States, we ask that all rabbit owners be aware of this disease and follow the USDA's precautions.

If you have any suspicion of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in your rabbits or other rabbits in New York, please notify the Department immediately by emailing [email protected] or calling 518-457-3502

If you’re aware of suspicious cases in another state, please contact that state's veterinarian.

Intrastate Requirements

Horses and Equidae

All horses and equidae transported on a public road in New York State must be accompanied by a copy of a current negative test report for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA).  There are only three exceptions:

  1. The horse is under 6 months old
  2. The horse is going directly to a livestock market for sale as a green-tagged animal, and that market has permission from the state to accept horses without current EIA tests.
  3. The horse is being transported directly from a livestock market approved by the state to sell green-tagged equids with pending EIA tests. These animals will have a pending EIA test from the livestock market. The green market tag cannot come off the animal before the results are received by the new owner.
    • Specific conditions required for this transport from an approved market:
      • The animal is moved to a single location pending test results.
      • Animal was sold directly by the market to the purchaser with no intermediate ownership (not purchased at the market and then re-sold prior to receipt of EIA test results).
      • The animal was sold as a green-tagged animal and the green tag is still on the animal.

If you purchase a horse in New York and a copy of the EIA test is not provided, you cannot legally transport the horse. In addition, a Domestic Animal Health Permit holder is not allowed to sell or transfer ownership of a horse without a current EIA test . Knowing this requirement in advance lets you check that the seller has a copy of the EIA test to hand to you before you start your journey to pick up the animal. 

Sheep and Goats

New York state requires official scrapie identification on all sheep and goats upon change of ownership, unless they are sold directly to slaughter. There is no exception for younger animals. This identification can be approved scrapie eartags, registry tattoos, flock/individual ID tattoos or any other approved federal scrapie identification.

Fairs

Animals coming to the New York State and County fairs may be subject to additional requirements in addition to what is required for entry into the state. Animal health requirements for 2024 county fairs and the New York State Fair will be posted here when they are available.