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2015
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
ANIMAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
ANIMALS FOR EXHIBITION, INCLUDING COMMERCIAL EXHIBITION
This document provides the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s animal health requirements and recommendations for the Pennsylvania County and Community Fairs. All exhibitors are encouraged to check with the management of each fair in advance to ensure compliance with all fair requirements.

The following Animal Owner or Caretaker‘s Verification of Veterinary Consultation Relationship statement for the animals being exhibited must be included with a signature line on the fair registration form: “I attest and affirm that a “veterinary consultation relationship” – as that phrase is defined in the Animal Exhibition Sanitation Law found at 3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2501 et seq. and any amendments thereto – exists with regard to any animals I will be exhibiting.” Animals entering with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) are exempt from this statement requirement.
For specified events at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, including the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, the Pennsylvania State Junior Dairy Show, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition, the Pennsylvania Fall Holstein Show and the Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, exhibitors will need to consult the 2015 show managements’ requirements.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends that animals returning home from fairs and shows be isolated from other members of the herd or flock for a minimum of three weeks to help prevent the spread of disease, and recommends that exhibitors of all animals discuss the health of their animals, including vaccine recommendations, with a veterinarian on a regular basis.
Department 01 Horse
Superintendent: Dave McCoy 724-254-9476
Assistant Superintendent: Brad Berkey 724-254-1682
Health Rules for Horses
Section 8: Pennsylvania Equine Animals:

Recommendations for Fair Animal Health Requirements:

1. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued after May 1, 2015.
2. All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this should be written on the CVI.
3. All equine animals must be test negative for EIA by an official test within the 12 months prior to the opening date of the exhibition. Laboratory test results must accompany each animal to its final destination 
(a copy of the original lab report is acceptable). Foals less than six months of age accompanied by a test-negative dam are exempt from EIA testing requirements. If the foal is not accompanied by the dam, a copy of the dam’s test results must accompany the foal to its final destination.
4. A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is recommended for animals 3 months of age and older.
Section 9: Out of State Equine Animals:

Requirements:

1. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within the 30 days prior to the date of importation is required. If an animal comes from a state in which Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed within the past 12 months, the CVI shall include a statement verifying that “all animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”
2. All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI. All equine animals must be test negative for EIA by an official test within the 12 months prior to the date of importation. Laboratory test results must accompany each animal to its final destination (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable). Foals less than six months of age accompanied by a test-negative dam are exempt from EIA testing requirements. If the foal is not accompanied by the dam, a copy of the dam’s test results must accompany the foal to its final destination.
1. If an equine animal has resided in a state in which Piroplasmosis has been identified within the past five years for a cumulative total of 30 days or more within the six months preceding the date of entry into the Commonwealth, that animal must be test-negative for Piroplasmosis on a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (c-ELISA) test, or a Department-approved equivalent test, with the test occurring within the 30 days preceding entry into Pennsylvania. The date of test and the test results shall be written on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

Recommendations:

A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is recommended for animals 3 months of age and older.


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