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Tennessee Animal Import Requirements

For recent updates and/or specific questions, please call us at (615) 837-5120. For all categories, check Orders of the State Veterinarian for additional requirements.

Cattle and Bison

  • Beef cattle* 18 months of age and older - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • Beef cattle* under 18 months of age - CVI
  • Dairy Steers born after March 11, 2013 - Official ID, CVI (individual ID does not have to be listed on CVI)
  • Dairy Bulls* - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • Dairy Females - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • All cattle of any age used for rodeo, shows, exhibitions, or recreational events - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)

* All out of state breeding bulls - CVI, official ID, Trich Test / Trich Statement

Abbreviations:

  • CVI - Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Valid for 30 days)
  • ID - Official Identification: NUES "brite" tags, Bangs (orange) tags or "840" tags
  • BR - Brucellosis (no testing from BR-free states)
  • TB - Tuberculosis (no testing from TB-free states)
  • Trich - Trichomoniasis

Camelids (Camels, Alpacas and Llamas)

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) and Official Individual Identification (such as a USDA approved ear tag or microchip).

Horses and Other Equidae

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) - including description, date of negative EIA results,
  • Lab and Accession number. Negative Equine Infectious Anemia test (Coggins) within 12 months, if over 6 months of age.

Sheep

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • Official Scrapie Identification. Please call USDA Toll-free number 1-866-USDA TAG (873-2824) for further details.

Goats

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • Official Scrapie Identification, except for low risk - commercial/meat goats. Please call USDA Toll-free number 1-866-USDA TAG (873-2824) for further details.

Swine not for Slaughter

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days)
  • Permit Number
  • Official Individual Identifcation
  • Brucellosis and Pseudorabies tested within 30 days of entry or originated from a Validated-Brucellosis-Free and Qualified Pseudorabies-Negative herd

Cervidae (Deer and Elk)

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days)
  • Official Individual Identification.
  • Permit Number.
  • Must have Whole Herd Test or be from an accredited herd AND have one negative Tuberculosis test within 30 days of entry OR 2 negative TB tests at least 90 days apart with the second test within 30 days of entry.
  • 1 negative Brucellosis test within 30 days of entry or originate from certified Brucellosis-free cervid herd.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) susceptible species such as red deer, sika deer, mule deer, moose, elk, wapiti and Japanese deer must have participated in an approved CWD surveillance program for at least 5 years prior to shipment. The herd of origin must be located more than 25 miles from any area where CWD has ever been diagnosed in wildlife.
  • NO importation of White-tailed deer is allowed in Tennessee.

Poultry

  • All poultry must originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified flock or be accompanied by a negative Pullorum-Typhoid test within 90 days of entry.

Ratites (Ostriches / Rheas / Emus / Cassowaries)

  • All ratites must originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified flock or be accompanied by a negative Pullorum-Typhoid test within 90 days of entry.

Dogs and Cats

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) if animal is entering Tennessee for more than 15 days.
  • Current rabies vaccination for dogs 3 months of age and cats 6 months of age

Native Wildlife and Other Wild Animals

Other Animal Species (Pet birds, rodents, marmosets, macaques, squirrel and spider monkeys, serval cats, ferrets, chinchillas)

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • NO importation of tortoises into Tennessee except to zoos or universities for educational or research purposes