New interstate travel requirements for Coggins test
In response to the increased number of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) cases, the state governments of Oregon and Idaho have eliminated the exemption of Coggins testing for horses for interstate travel. While specified by some shows, sporting events or trail ride organizations, a negative Coggins blood test was not previously required by the two states.
Through 2015 and into 2016, twelve EIA positive horses in Washington and three in Oregon were detected, prompting the state agencies to annul the waiver. Washington horse owners will now need a negative Coggins test within the prior six months for importation into Oregon and a negative Coggins test within 12 months prior to entering Idaho, and accompanied by a Certificate for Veterinary Inspection.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend chapter 16-54 of the Washington Administrative Code to remove the EIA test exemption for equines traveling into WA from Idaho and Oregon. If you would like to be notified when the Animal Services Division proposes a change to their rules, contact Jodi Jones at email@example.com or call her at (360) 902-1889. Rulemaking information and documents can be reviewed on their website at www.agr.wa.gov/Lawsrules/.