There are a variety of diseases that horse owners should be aware of. These include:
- Contagious Equine Metritis
- Arboviruses (mosquito borne viruses)
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Read the 2022 letter to veterinarians
- Equine Infectious Anemia
- West Nile Virus
- Influenza in Horses
- Equine Herpes Virus
- Equine Viral Arteritis
Visit Cornell University and the USDA for more information about each of these diseases.
Diseases need to be reported to the Department when they meet certain criteria.
Freeze branding is allowed in New York for horses, but is not considered official identification. The Department maintains a brand registry. If you wish to register a brand you can send your design to our office.
We will compare your brand to our registry and will register it if it is unique. Branding is not considered veterinary practice. You may need a veterinarian if tranquilization is necessary.
Please note that although freeze brands are not considered official identification, they are permanent identification and as such should be recorded on test charts and Certificates of Veterinary Inspection.
Import & Export
The requirements for importing horses and equidae into New York State are:
- A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days of entry by an accredited veterinarian.
- The Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (EECVI) is accepted. For more information, visit Global VetLINK.
- For animals 6 months of age and older, a negative test report for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) conducted during the 12 months preceding importation.
- Electronic EIA (Coggins) test reports must include 3 pictures of the tested horse or a complete physical description.
No permit number is required for importation into New York State.
In addition to New York State import requirements, animals whose destination is within New York City may be subject to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations. Horses entering New York City for any reason must meet these regulations. Please visit their website or call (646) 364-1783.
The USDA has jurisdiction over international movement of animals. Any questions about international movement of animals or animal products should be directed to a USDA office. Contact the New York USDA office.
Animal health requirements for 2023 county fairs and the New York State Fair are posted below.
Interstate Health Requirements for Fair Animals
Are you bringing an animal from another state to a New York fair? Find out what you need to do in order to bring your animal to the fair.
Exhibitor Prefair Guidelines
Avoid problems at fair time. Review the Exhibitor Prefair Guidelines now.
Fair Health Requirements
Taking an animal to a New York fair? You will not be able to enter the fairgrounds until these requirements have been met.
Programs & Permits
Domestic Animal Health Permits
The Department is concerned with animal disease control and traceability in all animals, including horses. To provide adequate control of infectious and communicable diseases, permits are issued to those who deal in, handle, and transport domestic animals. Any person who buys or sells horses is an animal dealer and must have a Domestic Animal Health Permit.
Permitted horse dealers must comply with Department laws and regulations regarding record books and record keeping; purchases from private parties; purchases at markets or auctions; slaughter; import; and horse purchase for personal use.
Ensuring Humane Treatment of Retired Racehorses
New York State has enacted new provisions of the Agriculture and Markets Law that prohibit the commercial slaughter of horses known to be racehorses or breeding stock. The legislation also amends the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law to require that racehorses in the State be microchipped, to modify both the term “New York-bred” and the eligibility requirements to be admitted to New York bred harness horse events to require that each mare, stallion, and foal be microchipped, and to authorize the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation and the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Corporation to utilize certain designated revenues to pay for racehorse aftercare. Further, the legislation amends the Tax Law to provide a check off box for taxpayer gifts for racehorse aftercare that do not reduce the taxpayer’s tax liability. Visit the document linked below to learn more.
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