VS Cases: Special Health Papers Needed for AQHA Youth World

Due to the recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS), the Oklahoma State Veterinarian has instituted new regulations for horses entering Oklahoma from several states. All horses attending the 2009 Ford AQHYA World Championship Show must have a health certificate from their veterinarian. Horses entering or reentering Oklahoma from a state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within the last 30 days (currently Texas and New Mexico) must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated within five days of entry containing the following statement: "All animals identified on this health certificate have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis."

The CVI must be signed by an accredited veterinarian of the state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed and shall be obtained prior to each entry or reentry into Oklahoma.

At this time, New Mexico and Texas are the only states that need this statement on their health certificates for entry into Oklahoma. AQHA will continue to check with the Oklahoma State Veterinarian and post updates on the Ford AQHYA Ford World Championship Show page at www.AQHA.com/Youth/Activities/YWS/index.html. For more information on the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's policies, visit www.oda.state.ok.us/ais.htm. On July 27, AQHA staff will be leaving for Oklahoma City. If you have questions, please check the Web sites listed above for the most up-to-date information.

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