Electronic EIA System Approved for Exports

GlobalVetLink L.C., an Internet-based business designed to allow animal health authorities to track and regulate animal movement nationally, has developed technology now recognized by the USDA for international shipments of horses.

Electronic laboratory forms carrying equine infectious anemia (EIA), or Coggins, test results are now being accepted by federal health officials on horses moving to other countries. Previously the eEIA lab forms were only recognized by USDA for movement within a state or between states.

"USDA's recognition of the GlobalVetLink eEIA form will be substantially beneficial to equine practitioners in the U.S.," said GVL president and founder Kevin D. Maher.  "The multi-tiered paper system used for years to track and regulate animal movement in the U.S. can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and invites inaccuracies." 

Horse owners moving animals for exhibition, pleasure, sale or other reasons must be able to produce proof of a negative EIA test.  The form is a supplement to the federal health certificate required for international movements.

Benefits of the GVL system include clean, clear and professional forms, real-time automatic submission of documents to animal health authorities, secure storage of certificates for reference anytime, around-the-clock access with an internet connection and real-time lab test submittal and result retrieval.  GVL's eEIA system also provides three digital photographs of the horse directly inserted on the certificate.

Headquartered in Ames, Iowa, GlobalVetLink has created the primary web-based platform for animal health regulatory officials and practicing veterinarians. The GVL system connects all 50 states with real-time animal movement.

According to Maher, the movement of over 69 million animals has been documented since 2001 when GVL launched its on-line application allowing practitioners, state authorities, diagnostic laboratories and other health officials, to build access and monitor animal movement documents all by the click of a mouse.

"Our subscriber base has consistently grown weekly and initial signs show that if we remain on this course, we will more than double our business annually," said Maher, who predicts paper health certificates and EIA forms will be obsolete within the next decade. 

"We hope to offer efficiency improvements through utilization of web-based applications in every aspect of the animal health world someday."

See www.globalvetlink.com for more information.

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