Horse Identification


Dr. Bob Hillman to Speak at AHC Issues Forum

August 10, 2006

The American Horse Council has confirmed Bob Hillman, DVM, as a speaker for the AHC Issues Forum, which will be held on September 25th in Austin, Texas. Hillman currently serves as the Texas State Veterinarian and Executive Director of the... Read More


ESWG Suggests Movement Reporting Plan to NAIS Subcommittee

August 09, 2006

On August 1, 2006, the Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) made recommendations to the NAIS Subcommittee on how the equine industry might reach NAIS compliance in the future. Each of the different... Read More


Secretary Johanns To Speak at ID/INFO EXPO 2006

July 18, 2006

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the annual ID/INFO EXPO 2006 in Read More


Equine Species Working Group Unveils New Web Site

June 29, 2006

 The Equine Species Working Group is announcing the release of their new web site: Read More


ID/INFO EXPO 2006 to Cover NAIS, Other Animal ID Developments

June 28, 2006

ID/INFO EXPO 2006 will provide the latest information on the National Animal Identification... Read More


Proposals Sought for Equine Identification Projects

June 09, 2006

Proposals are being solicited for projects in the area of equine identification related to equine health, and disease control. The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) is interested in projects that... Read More


Micro Management

June 01, 2006

As Congress considers legislation that would establish the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), horse industry officials are seeking to drive home the message that microchips are  a means of identifying equines--not an avenue for the... Read More


Texas Animal Health Answers Horse Identification FAQ's

May 25, 2006

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is designed to provide the capacity to rapidly identify all animals and premises (sites) that have had direct contact with a disease.Read More


New Booklet Offered to Help Answer ID Questions

May 05, 2006

The national Equine Working Group has a new information booklet available on the American Horse Council web site. The booklet provides valuable information from the working group and might aid in answering questions about equine animals and... Read More


Permanent Identification

May 01, 2006

Hurricane Katrina taught us many lessons. Serving as the Horse Unit Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office after Katrina, I received a much-needed education in permanent identification and the benefits... Read More

Article "Morning Line" Takes You Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

April 28, 2006

Beginning Monday, May 1, and running daily through Derby Day, Saturday, May 6, introduces Morning Line, a new feature designed to bring the horses, people, and places of... Read More


Texas Premises Registration Requirement On Hold Until 2007

April 06, 2006

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will not address proposed regulations for premises registration at the upcoming May 4 TAHC commission meeting in Austin. Bob Hillman, DVM, Texas' state veterinarian and TAHC executive director, said the... Read More


Lessons Learned From the Hurricanes

April 01, 2006

Microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after the 2005 hurricanes, but it was usually because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) has required... Read More


Texas Animal Health Commission Cancels March 23 Meeting

March 14, 2006

(Edited press release)

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) canceled its March 23 meeting. The commissioners were to consider proposed regulations that would require registration of sites where livestock, exotic livestock,... Read More


Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

March 11, 2006

The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by... Read More


Required Premises Registration in Texas Postponed

March 06, 2006

Commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency, met on Feb. 16 and postponed taking action on proposed regulations that would require identification of physical locations... Read More


Making the Most of Microchips

February 22, 2006

ID numbers should be in a searchable database

While microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it was generally because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994,... Read More


Microchips Not Mandated in Racehorses

February 01, 2006

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard ID procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts at The Syamposium on Racing and Gaming held Dec. 6-8, 2005,... Read More


Panel Says Microchips in Horses will not be Mandated

December 09, 2005

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard identification procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts Tuesday afternoon at The Symposium on Racing and... Read More


USDA Announces Grant Program for National Animal Identification Trials and Projects

November 14, 2005

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on Nov. 9 it will award $3 million in cooperative agreements to states and tribes for conducting research to develop or test potential solutions for animal identification and... Read More


Reflecting on Katrina: A New Orleans Vet's Perspective

November 09, 2005

"It's just so amazing to me that in one day, it can all be lost and suddenly you live in a dangerous place," said Allison Barca, DVM, who has served many of the equines in and around New Orleans for years. Barca's home is just north of New... Read More


Animal ID Moves Forward

October 26, 2005

United States Department of Agriculture officials announced at the ID/INFO Expo 2005 that they are pursuing an industry-funded animal tracking database to trace the movement of animals in the event of a disease outbreak. The privatization of the... Read More


Microchip Interest Increases After Hurricanes

October 18, 2005

At least two microchip manufacturers said they experienced recent increased interest in their products, presumably as a result of the animal identification problems following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These companies said they worked with... Read More


More Louisiana Hurricane Horses Identified

October 13, 2005

A tattoo or a microchip and some good record keeping can go a long way in reuniting horses with their owners. So says Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council, who has been heading up the horse hurricane relief effort at the... Read More


Event Celebrates Equine Volunteers at Lamar-Dixon

October 10, 2005

The scene at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center during the past five weeks has been all business. Veterinarians, veterinary students, and volunteers have dutifully cared for the facility's residents--Katrina's equine refugees that were rescued from their... Read More