Full Title Name:  Washington Administrative Code. Title 16. Agriculture, Department of. Chapter 16-54. Animal Importation

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Country of Origin:  United States Agency Citation:  WAC 16-54-010 to 180 Agency Origin:  Washington Department of Agriculture Last Checked:  May, 2015 Alternate Citation:  Wash. Admin. Code 16-54-010 - 180 Last Date Amended:  2014
Summary:

This set of regulations is the Washington Department of Agriculture's import requirements for various types of domestic, companion, wild, and exotic animals.

16-54-010. Definitions.

General Importation Requirements

16-54-025. Transporting livestock-Sanitary requirements.

16-54-028. Testing procedure requirements.

16-54-030. Certificate of veterinary inspection, and entry permit requirements.

16-54-031. Physical address requirements.

16-54-032. Certificate of veterinary inspection-Required information.

16-54-060. Quarantine.

Importation Restrictions

16-54-065. Prohibited entries.

16-54-068. Restrictions.

Cattle, Bison, and Other Domestic Bovine

16-54-082. Domestic bovine animals-Importation requirements.

16-54-083. Domestic and foreign bovine brucellosis requirements.

16-54-085. Bovine tuberculosis requirements.

16-54-086. Bovine trichomoniasis requirements.

16-54-088. Temporary grazing permits.

Goats

16-54-090. Goats-Importation and testing requirements.

Sheep

16-54-101. Sheep-Importation and testing requirements.

Llamas and Alpacas

16-54-105. Llamas and alpacas.

Swine

16-54-111. Swine-Importation and testing requirements.

Avian Species

16-54-145. Poultry and game birds, including ratites-Importation and testing requirements.

16-54-160. Birds other than poultry, including exotic birds-Importation and testing requirements.

Small Animals

16-54-170. Dogs, cats, and ferrets-Importation and testing requirements.

Wild and Exotic Animals, Including Zoo Animals

16-54-180. Wild and exotic animals-Importation and testing requirements.

 

 

 

16-54-010. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions found in RCW 16.36.005, the following definitions apply to this chapter:

“Accredited free state” means a state that has been determined by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to have a zero prevalence of cattle and bison herds affected with bovine tuberculosis as listed in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 77.7 (January 1, 2014).

“Approved veterinary laboratory” means a laboratory that has been approved by National Veterinary Services Laboratories or other USDA, APHIS-approved facility.

“Certificate of veterinary inspection” means a legible veterinary health inspection certificate on an official form (electronic or paper) from the state of origin or from USDA, APHIS executed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian or a veterinarian approved by USDA, APHIS. The certificate of veterinary inspection is also known as an “official health certificate.”

“Class free and Class A, B, and C states” means states that are classified for brucellosis by USDA, APHIS in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 78.41 (January 1, 2014).

“Consigned” means to deliver for custody or sale.

“Dairy cattle” means all cattle, regardless of age or sex or current use, that are of a breed used to produce milk or other dairy products for human consumption including, but not limited to, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, and Milking Shorthorn.

“Department” means the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA).

“Director” means the director of WSDA or the director's authorized representative.

“Domestic bovine” means domesticated cattle, including bison.

“Domestic equine” means horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, and other animals in the Equidae family.

“Entry permit” means prior written permission issued by the director to admit or import animals or animal reproductive products into Washington state.

“Exotic animal” means species of animals that are not native to Washington state but exist elsewhere in the world in the wild state.

“Feral swine” means animals included in any of the following categories:

• Animals of the genus Sus that are free roaming on public or private lands and do not appear to be domesticated;

• Swine from domesticated stocks that have escaped or been released or born into the wild state;

• European wild hogs and their hybrid forms (also known as European wild boars or razorbacks), regardless of whether they are free roaming or kept in confinement; or

• Animals of the family Tayassuidae such as peccaries and javelinas, regardless of whether they are free roaming or kept in confinement.

“Immediate slaughter” means livestock will be delivered to a federally inspected slaughter facility within twelve hours of entry into Washington state.

“Mature vaccinate” means a female bovine over the age of twelve months that has been vaccinated, under directions issued by the state of origin, with a mature dose of brucellosis vaccine.

“Modified accredited state” means a state that has been determined by USDA, APHIS to have a prevalence of bovine tuberculosis of less than 0.1 percent of the total number of herds of cattle and bison as listed in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 77.11(January 1, 2014).

“Movement permit” means an entry permit that is valid for six months and permits the entry of domestic equine into Washington state.

“NPIP” means the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

“Official brucellosis test” means the official test defined by Title 9 C.F.R. Part 78.1 (January 1, 2014).

“Official brucellosis vaccinate” means an official adult vaccinate or official calfhood vaccinate as defined by Title 9 C.F.R. Part 78.1 (January 1, 2014).

“Official individual identification” means identifying an animal using USDA-approved devices or methods, or an alternative form of identification agreed upon by the sending and receiving states, such as unique breed registry tattoos when accompanied by registration documentation. A group of animals may be identified by registered brands when accompanied by a certificate of inspection from a brand inspection authority recognized by the director when agreed upon by the sending and receiving states.

“Poultry” means chickens, turkeys, ratites, waterfowl, game birds, pigeons, doves, and other domestic fowl.

“Psittacine” means birds belonging to the family Psittacidae including, but not limited to, parrots, macaws, and parakeets.

“Restricted feedlot” means a feedlot holding a permit issued under chapter 16-30 WAC.

“Restricted holding facility” means an isolated area approved and licensed by the director, as advised by the state veterinarian.

“Stage I, II, III, IV, or V pseudorabies state” means states as classified by the Pseudorabies Eradication State-Federal-Industry Program Standards (November 1, 2003).

“USDA, APHIS” means the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“Virgin bull” means a sexually intact male bovine less than eight hundred pounds and less than twelve months of age, as determined by dentition inspection by an accredited veterinarian, that is certified by the owner or the owner's designee as having had no breeding contact with female cattle.

“Wild animals” is defined in RCW 77.08.010(61).

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-010, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-20-092, S 16-54-010, filed 9/30/10, effective 10/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-010, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-010, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority:RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-010, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.096 and16.36.040. WSR 93-19-126 (Order 5010), S 16-54-010, filed 9/21/93, effective 10/22/93; WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-010, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. WSR 88-05-003 (Order 1964), S 16-54-010, filed 2/5/88; WSR 84-16-022 (Order 1838), S 16-54-010, filed 7/24/84; Order 1172, S 16-54-010, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 1, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, Regulation 1, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61.

Current with amendments adopted through the 15-07 Washington State Register dated, April 1, 2015.

General Importation Requirements

16-54-025. Transporting livestock-Sanitary requirements.

All trucks, railway cars, and other conveyances used for the transportation of livestock must be maintained in a sanitary condition and cleaned and disinfected when required by the director in order to prevent the spread of disease.

Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. 07-14-056, S 16-54-025, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

16-54-028. Testing procedure requirements.

(1) An accredited veterinarian or a veterinary technician under the direct supervision of an accredited veterinarian must collect and submit all test specimens.

(2) All livestock regulatory tests must be performed by an approved laboratory.

(a) Official tuberculosis tests must be conducted by a licensed accredited veterinarian.

(b) Technicians employed and approved by state, federal, or tribal government and directly or indirectly supervised by state, federal, or tribal animal health veterinarians may conduct routine surveillance tests.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-028, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-028, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

16-54-030. Certificate of veterinary inspection, and entry permit requirements.

(1) All animals entering Washington state must comply with the requirements of USDA, APHIS regulations found at Title 9 C.F.R. (January 1, 2014) for movement or importation from foreign countries.

(2) Certificate of veterinary inspection:

(a) A certificate of veterinary inspection must accompany all animals entering Washington state, except where specifically exempted in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 86 (January 1, 2014) and this chapter. Certificates of veterinary inspection expire thirty days from the date of issuance.

(b) The certificate of veterinary inspection must show that all livestock listed have been examined and found in compliance with vaccination, testing and identification requirements under Title 9 C.F.R. Part 86 (January 1, 2014).

(c) Livestock entering Washington state for veterinary care or as part of a veterinary research project where there will be constant veterinary care or supervision for the duration of the time spent in Washington state are exempt from import test requirements and certificate of veterinary inspection requirements. An entry permit is required.

(d) Any exemption to the requirement for a certificate of veterinary inspection may be suspended during an emergency disease condition declared by the director.

(e) Unless an emergency rule is in effect, a certificate of veterinary inspection is not required for domestic bovine that are:

(i) Consigned to federally inspected slaughter facilities for immediate slaughter; or

(ii) Consigned to state-federal approved livestock markets for sale for immediate slaughter only; or

(iii) Consigned to no more than one approved livestock market where import requirements can be met; or

(iv) Consigned to a category 2 restricted holding facility, unless originating from a state or country with less than free status; or

(v) Cattle moving interstate from contiguous states on grazing permits, as long as testing and vaccination requirements are met, as required by each state veterinarian.

(3) Entry permit: An entry permit is required on:

(a) All domestic bovine (including Mexican cattle, Canadian cattle, and bison);

(b) Swine;

(c) Rams;

(d) Equine identified on a certificate similar to the Washington Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Movement Permit (form AGR-3027);

(e) Equine from states or countries where the diseases listed in WAC 16-54-071 have been diagnosed;

(f) Intact male equine that test positive to equine viral arteritis; and

(g) Equine reproductive products from donors that test positive to equine viral arteritis.

(4) Entry permits are granted at the discretion of the director and may be obtained from:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Services Division

1111 Washington Street S.E.

P.O. Box 42577

Olympia, Washington 98504-2577

360-902-1878.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-030, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-030, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-030, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-030, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-030, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and16.36.050. WSR 87-08-021 (Order 1918), S 16-54-030, filed 3/25/87; Order 1540, S 16-54-030, filed 10/17/77; Order 1172, S 16-54-030, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 3, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.

 

16-54-031. Physical address requirements.

(1) Certificate of veterinary inspection, entry permit, movement permit, and temporary grazing permits shall contain the destination physical address for animals entering Washington state except where specifically exempted in this section. For purposes of this section, a physical address is the actual street location of the destination.

(2) All animals must be transported and delivered directly to the physical address noted on the certificate of veterinary inspection, entry permit, movement permit, or temporary grazing permit.

(a) Animals shall not be diverted to any other physical address except for a temporary destination due to a medical emergency where the immediate health of the animal is in jeopardy. If a physical address destination change is necessary for a medical emergency, the notification requirements listed in subsection (3) of this section shall apply.

(b) Notification requirements listed in subsection (3) of this section will apply to category two restricted holding facilities, as defined in chapter 16-30 WAC, when cattle are not transported and delivered to the destination physical address as permitted on the original entry permit. Category two restricted holding facilities may only change the destination physical address as permitted on the original permit if the cattle will be transported and delivered to a lot of like status.

(3) Requirements for reporting changes to physical address destinations noted in subsection (2) of this section.

(a) Contact the department within twenty-four hours by phone at 360-902-1878 or by e-mail at ahealth@agr.wa.gov .

(b) Report the official document number and the physical address to where the animal(s) was transported and delivered to.

(4) Failing to provide the required destination physical address or acceptable alternative per subsection (5)(a) of this section or diverting animals from the destination physical address may result in a civil penalty as authorized by RCW 16.36.113 and defined in chapter 16-90 WAC.

(5) Exemptions to destination physical address requirements.

(a) If the destination physical address cannot be determined due to no physical address assigned by the appropriate county jurisdiction or local emergency services, the following shall apply:

(i) Descriptive driving directions to the physical location of where the animal(s) is being transported and delivered to must be included on the certificate of veterinary inspection, entry permit, movement permit or temporary grazing permit; or

(ii) The global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the physical location of where the animal(s) is being transported and delivered to must be included on the certificate of veterinary inspection, entry permit, movement permit or temporary grazing permit. GPS coordinates must contain two latitude or three longitude digits to the left of the decimal point and six digits to the right of the decimal point.

(b) Poultry, or other animals, that are permitted under this chapter and chapter 16.30 RCW and are approved by the United States Postal Service's (USPS) list of mailable live animals are exempt from the destination physical address requirement. For a list of mailable live animals, please visit http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c5_007.htm .

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, 16.36.113, 16.36.140 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 12-02-067, S 16-54-031, filed 1/3/12, effective 2/3/12.

Current with amendments adopted through the 13-12 Washington State Register dated, June 19, 2013.

 

16-54-032. Certificate of veterinary inspection-Required information.

(1) A certificate of veterinary inspection must meet the requirements in Title 9 C.F.R Part 86 (January 1, 2014) and contain the following information:

(a) An entry permit number, when required;

(b) Date of inspection;

(c) Names and physical addresses of the consignor and consignee;

(d) Shipment information, including:

(i) Physical addresses of origin and destination of shipment;

(ii) Anticipated shipment date;

(iii) Number of animals in the shipment; and

(iv) Purpose for which the animals are to be moved.

(e) Certification that the animals are free from clinical signs or known exposure to any infectious or communicable disease;

(f) Test or vaccination status, when required;

(g) Description of each animal by:

(i) Identifying species;

(ii) Breed;

(iii) Age;

(iv) Sex of the animal;

(v) Color; and

(vi) Official individual identification.

(2)(a) All certificates of veterinary inspection must be reviewed by the animal health official of the state of origin and a copy must be immediately forwarded within seven calendar days from date of issuance to:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Services Division

1111 Washington Street S.E.

P.O. Box 42577

Olympia, Washington 98504-2577;

(b) By e-mail to ahealth@agr.wa.gov.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-032, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-032, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-032, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

 

16-54-060. Quarantine.

Any animal entering Washington state without a required certificate of veterinary inspection, or required entry permit, or that does not meet the requirements of this chapter shall be subject to a quarantine order or a hold order at the owner's expense and subject to any required test, inspection, or vaccination at the owner's expense until released from quarantine by the director.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-060, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-060, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07; Order 1172, S 16-54-060, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 5, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.

 

Importation Restrictions

16-54-065. Prohibited entries.

(1) Any animal that is infected with or exposed to any infectious or communicable disease is prohibited from entering Washington state.

(2) Livestock susceptible to vesicular stomatitis that have been in contact with any premises within the past thirty days under quarantine or investigation for vesicular stomatitis are prohibited from entering Washington state.

(3) The following animals are prohibited from entering Washington state for any purpose:

(a) Cattle originating from Mexican dairies;

(b) Feral swine;

(c) Domestic swine from herds where brucellosis is known to exist;

(d) Deleterious exotic wildlife, as defined by RCW 77.08.010 and designated at WAC 232-12-017, except as provided inWAC 232-12-017.

(4) The Washington state department of health under WAC 246-100-197 animals, birds, pets, measures to prevent human disease, prohibits certain animals including bats, skunks, foxes, raccoons, and coyotes from being imported into Washington state except for exhibition by bona fide public or private zoological parks.

(5) Entry permits allowing bona fide public or private zoological parks to import bats, skunks, foxes, raccoons, and coyotes may be issued by the director in consultation with the secretary of the Washington state department of health.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-065, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-065, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

16-54-068. Restrictions.

(1) It is a violation to import animals into Washington state that do not comply with the requirements of this chapter or any other Washington state regulation relating to animal health and care, or to the importation and movement of poultry, hatching eggs, and wildlife.

(2)(a) Livestock entering Washington state from a state where a reportable disease listed in WAC 16-70-010 has been diagnosed within the past thirty days must be accompanied by a valid entry permit and a certificate of veterinary inspection.

(b) The certificate of veterinary inspection shall also include written verification that the animals have not been exposed to any reportable disease.

(c) In the case of a state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed, the certificate of veterinary inspection for susceptible livestock must be issued within twenty-four hours of shipment to Washington state and must contain:

(i) The temperature reading of each equine at the time of inspection; and

(ii) The following statement written by an accredited veterinarian:

“All animals identified on this certificate have been examined and found to be free from clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis. During the past thirty days, these animals have not been exposed to vesicular stomatitis.”

(d) Cattle entering Washington state from a state or a foreign state or province where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed must be held at their destination separate and apart from all other cattle for a period of seven days and reexamined by the state veterinarian or designee at the end of that period.

(e) In the case of a state where contagious equine metritis (CEM) has been diagnosed, the certificate of veterinary inspection for equine must contain the following statement: “The equine and equine reproductive products listed in this document have not originated from a premises where T. equigenitalis has been isolated during the sixty days immediately preceding importation to Washington or from a location currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM. No female equine in the shipment has been bred naturally to, or inseminated with, semen from an intact male positive for CEM or from an intact male resident upon positive premises or under quarantine or investigation for CEM. The equine showed no clinical signs of CEM on the day of inspection or semen collection.”

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-068, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-20-092, S 16-54-068, filed 9/30/10, effective 10/31/10; WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-068, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

Horses, Donkeys, Mules and Other Domestic Equine and Equine Reproductive Products

16-54-071. Domestic equine and equine reproductive products-Importation requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1)(a) In addition to the other requirements of this chapter, all domestic equine and equine reproductive products entering Washington state must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection.

(b) Equine vaccinated against equine viral arteritis (EVA) must be accompanied by a vaccination certificate.

(c) Reproductive products from donors that test positive for EVA must be accompanied by an application and entry permit.

(d) Domestic equine from the western states of Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico may enter Washington state for shows, rides, or other events either with a certificate of veterinary inspection or with a document similar to the Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Movement Permit. Individual trips cannot exceed ninety days.

(e) An itinerary of interstate travel must be filed with the department within fourteen days of the expiration of the movement permit.

(2) All certificates and forms may be obtained from and sent to:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Services Division

1111 Washington Street S.E.

P.O. Box 42577

Olympia, Washington 98504-2577

Import test requirements.

Equine infectious anemia (EIA).

(3) All domestic equine, except foals under six months of age accompanying their negative tested dams, must have a negative test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within twelve months before entering Washington state.

Exemptions to EIA test requirements.

(4) Domestic equine moving to Washington from Idaho or Oregon are excluded from EIA test requirements.

Equine viral arteritis (EVA).

(5) Intact males over six months of age and equine reproductive products from donors that test positive for EVA may enter Washington state only if accompanied by an entry permit and a statement on the certificate of veterinary inspection verifying that the consignee:

(a) Has been advised of the positive antibody test results and the associated risks of EVA infection;

(b) Agrees to follow the recommendations of the Office International des Epizooties of the World Organization of Animal Health regarding EVA and USDA recommendations found in the Equine Viral Arteritis Uniform Methods and Rules, effective April 19, 2004; and

(c) Consents to the shipment.

(6) Intact males that test antibody positive for EVA are required to have an entry permit and may be subject to quarantine or a hold order.

(7) Equine semen and embryos require an entry permit and must originate from donors that have proof of vaccination or a negative antibody test for EVA during the current breeding season.

(8) Equine semen and embryos from antibody positive donors must be used or implanted only in vaccinated or seropositive mares. These mares must be isolated for twenty-one days following insemination or implantation.

(9) Additional testing for EVA may be required during emergency disease conditions declared by the director.

Piroplasmosis.

(10) Any equine that has ever tested positive for piroplasmosis may not enter Washington state.

(11) Any equine that has originated from a country or state where piroplasmosis is endemic must be negative to a C-ELISA test within thirty days before entry into Washington state, and are subject to a quarantine order upon arrival and retested within sixty to ninety days. Horses that test positive on the post-arrival C-ELISA test are not permitted to remain in the state and must be removed.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-071, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-13-153, S 16-54-071, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-071, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-071, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority:RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-071, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. WSR 94-23-121, S 16-54-071, filed 11/22/94, effective 12/23/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-071, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. WSR 82-24-040 (Order 1778), S 16-54-071, filed 11/24/82. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. WSR 81-10-047 (Order 1730), S 16-54-071, filed 5/1/81; Order 1540, S 16-54-071, filed 10/17/77; Order 1430, S 16-54-071, filed 2/9/76. Formerly WAC 16-54-070.

 

 

Cattle, Bison, and Other Domestic Bovine

16-54-082. Domestic bovine animals-Importation requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) Domestic bovine entering Washington state must have a certificate of veterinary inspection and an entry permit issued by the office of the state veterinarian prior to entry. Entry permits are required on all cattle entering the state.

(2) All dairy cattle, regardless of age, require official individual identification unless:

(a) Consigned to federally inspected slaughter facilities for immediate slaughter; or

(b) Consigned to state-federal approved livestock markets for sale for immediate slaughter only.

(3) Before entering Washington state, Canadian cattle, including calves, must be identified on the right hip by a “CLAMBDAN” brand (C open-A N).

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-082, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-20-092, S 16-54-082, filed 9/30/10, effective 10/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-082, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-082, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07; WSR 05-14-019, S 16-54-082, filed 6/24/05, effective 7/25/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-082, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99; WSR 97-01-067 (Order 6009), S 16-54-082, filed 12/16/96, effective 1/16/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-082, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. WSR 89-24-021 (Order 2021), S 16-54-082, filed 11/30/89, effective 12/31/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and16.36.050. WSR 88-05-003 (Order 1964), S 16-54-082, filed 2/5/88; WSR 87-08-021 (Order 1918), S 16-54-082, filed 3/25/87; WSR 84-16-022 (Order 1838), S 16-54-082, filed 7/24/84. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. WSR 83-09-009 (Order 1792), S 16-54-082, filed 4/8/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. WSR 83-04-030 (Order 1782), S 16-54-082, filed 1/27/83. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.40 RCW. WSR 82-03-019 (Order 1752), S 16-54-082, filed 1/14/82; WSR 81-10-047 (Order 1730), S 16-54-082, filed 5/1/81. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. WSR 78-06-116 (Order 1579), S 16-54-082, filed 6/7/78; Order 1540, S 16-54-082, filed 10/17/77.

 

 

16-54-083. Domestic and foreign bovine brucellosis requirements.

(1) Female cattle, domestic and foreign, must have an official calfhood brucellosis vaccination and legible vaccination tattoo before entry into Washington state.

(a) Cattle vaccinated with RB-51 strain of vaccine must be permanently identified with a tattoo in the right ear that must bear the USDA registered V shield preceded by the letter R followed by the last digit of the year of vaccination.

(b) Brucellosis vaccinated cattle from foreign countries must present original vaccination certificates. On arrival, the cattle must be tattooed with the USDA V shield and the year indicated on the vaccination certificate.

(2) Adult vaccinated domestic cattle that are identified by a legible vaccination tattoo and official individual identification will be allowed entry into Washington state if the state of origin allows adult vaccination and is of the same brucellosis class or higher.

(3) Test eligible dairy cattle from all states and all beef cattle and bison from USDA-designated zones described in 9 C.F.R. Part 78, Subpart E (January 1, 2014) must be tested negative for bovine brucellosis within thirty days before entry. Test eligible cattle are:

(a) Dairy bulls over six months of age;

(b) Brucellosis vaccinated dairy females over twenty months of age;

(c) Brucellosis vaccinated beef breed females over twenty-four months of age, when required; and

(d) Beef bulls over six months of age, when required.

(4) Test eligible bison, when required, are:

(a) Bulls over six months of age; and

(b) Nonvaccinated heifers over six months of age.

(5) All animals must be identified with official individual identification.

Exemptions to domestic bovine brucellosis test and vaccination requirements.

(6) Domestic bovine that are exempt from brucellosis testing and vaccination requirements are:

(a) Those cattle from a class free state consigned to a category 2 restricted holding facility;

(b) Those consigned to federally inspected slaughter facilities for immediate slaughter;

(c) Heifer calves less than four months of age;

(d) Designated slaughter cattle that have been consigned to no more than one state-federal approved livestock market;

(e) Bull calves less than six months of age;

(f) Steers and spayed heifers;

(g) Official brucellosis vaccinated dairy cattle less than twenty months of age;

(h) Official brucellosis vaccinated beef cattle less than twenty-four months of age;

(i) Cattle from a certified brucellosis free herd, as defined by Title 9 C.F.R. Part 78.1 (January 1, 2014); and

(j) Test eligible beef breed cattle and dairy cattle that are consigned to a state or federally approved livestock market to meet entry testing requirements. Heifer calves between four and twelve months of age may be consigned to a state-federal approved sale yard where they will remain until meeting vaccination requirements.

(7) Cattle that have not met the department's brucellosis requirements may enter a category 1 restricted holding facility in Washington state with an entry permit, a certificate of veterinary inspection, and official individual identification when required, until testing and vaccination requirements have been met. The category 1 restricted holding facility must be approved by the director and operated in accordance with chapter 16-30 WAC.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-083, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-083, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-083, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

16-54-085. Bovine tuberculosis requirements.

(1) Dairy cattle (including steers and spayed heifers) twelve months of age or older and originating from a tuberculosis free state must test negative for bovine tuberculosis within sixty days before entering Washington state.

(2) All dairy cattle and beef cattle six months of age or older must have a negative bovine tuberculosis (TB) test within sixty days before entry into Washington state and must be officially individually identified when:

(a) Originating from a state or country where there is an active epidemiological investigation related to bovine infected with tuberculosis within the past twenty-four months;

(b) Originating from a state or country where tuberculosis is endemic or present in wildlife populations; or

(c) Originating from a modified accredited advanced or lower state as defined by USDA, APHIS in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 77 (January 1, 2014) or a country equivalent in status. Such domestic bovine shall be held separate and apart from native cattle for sixty days and retested negative at least sixty days after entry into Washington state.

(3) Dairy cattle are exempt from bovine tuberculosis testing requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section if they:

(a) Originate from an accredited bovine tuberculosis-free herd, as defined by USDA, APHIS in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 77 (January 1, 2014), and if an accredited herd number and the date of the last bovine tuberculosis test are shown on the certificate of veterinary inspection;

(b) Are consigned to federally inspected slaughter facilities for immediate slaughter;

(c) Are consigned to slaughter through state and federally approved public livestock markets and remain in slaughter channels; or

(d) Enter a category 2 restricted holding facility (restricted feedlot) to be fed for slaughter.

(4) Cattle used for rodeo or timed events.

(a) All cattle used for rodeo or timed events except those imported directly from Mexico, must be accompanied by proof recorded on a certificate of veterinary inspection of a negative bovine tuberculosis test within twelve months before entry into Washington state.

(b) Calves under six months old that were born and have continuously resided in the state of Washington are excluded from this requirement.

(5) Mexican cattle - All cattle imported from Mexico that enter Washington, including those imported for rodeo or recreation purposes, must be sexually neutered and must bear official individual Mexican identification and “M” branded before entry.

(a) All Mexican cattle must be accompanied by proof of two negative bovine tuberculosis tests conducted in the United States after entry from Mexico. The second negative test must be a minimum of sixty days after the first test and within thirty days before entry into Washington state.

(b) All Mexican cattle that remain in the state of Washington shall be tested annually for tuberculosis.

(c) If Mexican cattle entering Washington state are not accompanied by proof of two negative bovine tuberculosis tests prior to entry, they will be issued a hold order or a quarantine order that requires the animals to be taken directly to a designated premises or facility and kept separate and apart from Washington cattle until the completion of required tests.

(d) Sexually intact Mexican beef cattle may enter only with a prior entry permit and at the discretion of the director.

(e) Mexican cattle are exempt from the second bovine tuberculosis test and isolation requirements if their official individual Mexican identification remains intact and they are consigned to a federally inspected slaughter facility for immediate slaughter.

(6)(a) Cattle that have not met the tuberculosis requirements in this subsection may enter, with approval from the director, a category 1 restricted holding facility in Washington state until testing requirements have been met.

(b) The category 1 restricted holding facility must be approved by the director and operated in accordance with a written agreement between the facility owner and the director.

(c) The restricted holding facility must be maintained and all inspections and testing done at the owner's expense.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-085, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-20-092, S 16-54-085, filed 9/30/10, effective 10/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-085, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-085, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

 

16-54-086. Bovine trichomoniasis requirements.

(1) Bulls (except bison) may be imported into the state of Washington if they meet the following requirements:

(a) The bulls originate from a herd wherein all bulls have tested negative for bovine trichomoniasis since they were removed from female cattle; or

(b) The bulls have tested negative to a bovine trichomoniasis quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test within sixty days before import and have had no contact with female cattle from the time of the test to the time of import; or

(c) Rodeo bulls for timed events and bucking bulls have tested negative for bovine trichomoniasis within the past twelve months and have a statement on the certificate of veterinary inspection certifying that the bulls have had no female breeding contact; or

(d) If the bulls originate from a herd where one or more bulls or cows have been found infected with bovine trichomoniasiswithin the past twelve months, the bulls must have two negative qPCR tests one week apart. The samples for each test must be collected within thirty days before cattle are imported into Washington state, and an import permit must be obtained from the director and include a certifying statement that the bulls originated from an infected herd.

(2) Laboratory pooled qPCR samples collected from up to five bulls will be accepted if the following conditions are met:

(a) Bulls are twelve months of age and older that cannot be designated as virgin bulls and have had no breeding contact with females;

(b) Bulls originate from a herd where there is no history of trichomoniasis infection, and are part of a single herd, not assembled cattle; and

(c) Bulls are sampled for a herd diagnostic test without regulatory implications or are part of a disease investigation.

(3) Before arrival at their destination in Washington state, all imported bulls must be identified with official identification or an official trichomoniasis bangle tag.

(4) Bulls that enter Washington state without meeting the bovine trichomoniasis requirements of this section will be subject to a quarantine order or a hold order at the owner's expense until they have had two negative qPCR tests one week apart.

(5)(a) Any bull or cow that is positive to a trichomoniasis test, and any herd in which one or more bulls or cows are found infected with trichomoniasis is considered infected.

(b) In the case of bulls testing positive to trichomoniasis, the herd shall be subject to a quarantine order or a hold order pending an epidemiological investigation to determine the source of the infection, and as long as infection persists in the herd.

(c) Infected bulls will be subject to a quarantine order or a hold order and will not be used for breeding. They must be slaughtered, sold for slaughter, or sent to a restricted feedlot or category 2 restricted holding facility to remain in slaughter channels.

(6) Certification and proficiency testing and types of tests. The state veterinarian will determine trichomoniasis training for veterinarians and laboratories, and the types of tests used to determine trichomoniasis infection. All sampling will be obtained by pipette scrapings from the prepuce and glans of a bull.

(a) All trichomoniasis testing of bulls in Washington state shall be performed by a veterinarian accredited by the USDA APHIS. In addition, all accredited veterinarians testing bulls in Washington state for trichomoniasis are required to successfully complete training and pass a trichomoniasis testing procedure proficiency examination provided by the department. Effective January 1, 2011, accredited veterinarians may not perform official trichomoniasis testing of bulls in Washington state until they have successfully completed the training and passed the proficiency examination.

A schedule of training opportunities is available by contacting the department at:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Services Division

1111 Washington Street S.E.

P.O. Box 42577

360-902-1878

(b) Registered veterinarians shall only utilize official laboratories recognized by the state veterinarian for testing of trichomoniasis samples.

(c) Registered veterinarians collecting samples in the state of Washington shall submit results of all trichomoniasis tests and all official identification on official trichomoniasis test and report forms to the animal services division within five business days of receiving test results from an approved laboratory or identifying virgin bulls with official trichomoniasis bangle tags.

(d)(i) Polymerase chain reaction is accepted as an official test when completed by an approved laboratory and when the sample is received by the laboratory within forty-eight hours of collection.

(ii) Other tests for trichomoniasis may be approved as official tests by the state veterinarian after the tests have been proven effective by research, have been evaluated sufficiently to determine efficacy, and a protocol for use of the test has been established.

(iii) An official test is one in which the sample is received in the approved laboratory in good condition within forty-eight hours of collection. Samples in transit for more than forty-eight hours will not be accepted for official testing and must be discarded. Samples that have been frozen or exposed to high temperatures must also be discarded.

Exemptions to bovine trichomoniasis test requirements.

(7) Virgin bulls are exempt from bovine trichomoniasis test requirements. If sold, virgin bulls must be officially identified and accompanied by a certificate signed by the owner or the owner's designee that they have had no breeding contact with female cattle. “Virgin bull” means a sexually intact male bovine less than eight hundred pounds and less than twelve months of age, as determined by dentition inspection by an accredited veterinarian, that is certified by the owner or the owner's designee as having had no breeding contact with female cattle; or bulls that are less than eighteen months of age and have had no breeding contact with female bovines and originate from a herd where all bulls have been tested negative, by a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test, to trichomoniasis for the past three years.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-086, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-20-092, S 16-54-086, filed 9/30/10, effective 10/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-086, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08.

 

 

16-54-088. Temporary grazing permits.

Cattle moving interstate on grazing permits are exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection and testing requirements.

(1)(a) Persons desiring to move cattle into Washington state for temporary grazing purposes must complete a temporary grazing application approved by both states. After approval, a permit number will be issued.

(b) Temporary grazing permits are valid for a period not to exceed six months and are valid only for movement to the destination specified on the permit and return to the location of origin.

(c) A copy of the approved application must accompany any vehicle transporting cattle into Washington state for temporary grazing purposes.

(d) Temporary grazing permits will be issued only for cattle entering from states that share common borders with the state of Washington.

(e) If cattle have been commingled with other herds or additional cattle have been added to the original grazing herd, they must have a certificate of veterinary inspection and entry permit in order to return to Washington.

(2) Permits are granted based on current disease conditions in both states. The director may specify conditions on the permit to prevent or control disease.

Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. 07-14-056, S 16-54-088, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

Current with amendments adopted through the 13-12 Washington State Register dated, June 19, 2013.

 

Goats

16-54-090. Goats-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) All goats entering Washington state must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection. The certificate of veterinary inspection must state that the goats are free from clinical signs or known exposure to any infectious or communicable disease including, but not limited to, footrot, sore mouth, and caseous lymphadenitis.

(2) Female dairy goats six months of age or older must test negative for brucellosis and tuberculosis within thirty days before they enter Washington state.

(3) Sexually intact goats must have official individual identification.

Exemption to import health requirements.

(4) Dairy goats entering Washington for show or exhibition purposes and returning to their home state are exempt from testing requirements. A certificate of veterinary inspection is required.

(5) Goats entering Washington state for immediate slaughter at a USDA inspected slaughter facility are exempt from the certificate of veterinary inspection and testing requirements.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-090, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-13-153, S 16-54-090, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10; WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-090, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-090, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92; Order 1172, S 16-54-090, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 9, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.

 

Sheep

16-54-101. Sheep-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) A certificate of veterinary inspection must accompany all sheep entering Washington state. The certificate of veterinary inspection must state that the sheep:

(a) Are clinically free from the signs of infectious diseases, including footrot, sore mouth, and caseous lymphadenitis; and

(b) Originated from a flock in which scrapie has not been diagnosed in the past five years or are from a flock enrolled in the USDA Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program described in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 54 (January 1, 2014);

(c) Are officially identified with official individual identification. Sheep required to be officially individually identified include:

(i) All breeding sheep;

(ii) All sexually intact sheep imported for exhibition;

(iii) All sheep over eighteen months of age.

Import test requirements.

(2) All breeding rams over six months of age require an entry permit.

(3) The certificate of veterinary inspection must state that the rams:

(a) Tested negative on an ELISA test for Brucella ovis within thirty days before entering Washington state; and

(b) Are palpated and certified free of any evidence of epididymitis; and

(c) Are individually identified with an official individual identification. Each ram's official individual identification number, test results, and the date of the test must be entered on the certificate of veterinary inspection accompanying the animal.

(4) Any purebred rams of Suffolk, Hampshire, Shropshire, Southdown or Montadale descent, or cross thereof; any nonpurebred rams known to have Suffolk, Hampshire, Shropshire, Southdown or Montadale ancestors; and any nonpurebred rams of unknown ancestry with a black face, except for hair sheep, may enter Washington state for breeding purposes if they are determined by genetic testing before entry to be QR or RR at the 171 codon. Hair sheep known to have Suffolk, Hampshire, Shropshire, Southdown or Montadale ancestors are considered blackface sheep.

Exemptions to import health and test requirements.

(5) Sheep entering Washington for show or exhibition purposes and returning to their home state are exempt from testing requirements. A certificate of veterinary inspection is required.

(6) Sheep entering Washington state for immediate slaughter at a federally inspected slaughter facility are exempt from the certificate of veterinary inspection and testing requirements.

(7) Official individual identification is not required on slaughter sheep less than eighteen months of age.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-101, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-101, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-101, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-101, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92; Order 1430, S 16-54-101, filed 2/9/76. Formerly WAC 16-54-100.

 

 

Llamas and Alpacas

16-54-105. Llamas and alpacas.

Import health requirements.

All llamas and alpacas imported into Washington state shall be accompanied by a health certificate stating that the animals are free from signs of or exposure to infectious or communicable disease.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-105, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-105, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

 

Swine

16-54-111. Swine-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) All swine entering Washington state must be accompanied by an entry permit, a certificate of veterinary inspection, and official individual identification.

(2) The certificate of veterinary inspection must contain the following certification: “To the best of my knowledge, swine represented on this certificate have not originated from a premises known to be affected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), and have not been exposed to PEDv within the last 30 days.” The certification must be signed by both the owner of the swine and the certifying veterinarian.

(3) Feral swine are prohibited in Washington state.

Import test requirements.

(4) Brucellosis. All intact male and intact female swine more than six months of age must be tested negative for brucellosis within thirty days before entering Washington state or must originate from a USDA validated brucellosis free herd or state (Swine Brucellosis Control/Eradication State-Federal-Industry Uniform Methods and Rules, April 1998).

(5) Pseudorabies. No test is required from states recognized as Stage IV or Stage V by Pseudorabies Eradication State-Federal-Industry Program Standards, November 1, 2003.

(6) A negative pseudorabies test within thirty days before entry is required for swine from any state or area that loses Stage IV or Stage V status.

Exemptions to import test requirements.

(7) Swine shipped directly to a federally inspected slaughter facility for immediate slaughter are exempt from testing requirements.

Swine semen and embryos.

(8)(a) Swine semen and swine embryos entering Washington state for insemination of swine or implantation into swine shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued by an accredited veterinarian stating that the donor swine are not known to be infected with or exposed to pseudorabies, were negative to an official pseudorabies serologic test within thirty days prior to the collection of the semen or embryos or were members of a qualified pseudorabies negative herd, and had not been exposed to pseudorabies within thirty days prior to the collection of the semen or embryos.

(b) Brucellosis testing is not required on donor swine from brucellosis validated free states.

(c) Pseudorabies testing is not required on donor swine from pseudorabies Stage IV or Stage V states.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-111, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-111, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-111, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-111, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 16.44 RCW. WSR 83-02-001 (Order 1780), S 16-54-111, filed 12/23/82; Order 1540, S 16-54-111, filed 10/17/77; Order 1430, S 16-54-111, filed 2/9/76. Formerly WAC 16-54-110.

 

 

Avian Species

16-54-145. Poultry and game birds, including ratites-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) All poultry, excluding doves and pigeons, imported into Washington state must be accompanied by a:

(a) Certificate of veterinary inspection; or

(b) USDA NPIP VS form 9-3 (Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults); or

(c) USDA VS form 17-6 (Certificate for Poultry or Hatching Eggs for Export).

(2) The certificate of veterinary inspection and the USDA VS form 17-6 must include either the NPIP number or negative results of the required tests.

(3) Poultry or hatching eggs must originate from flocks or areas not under state or federal restriction.

(4) Each ratite entering Washington state must be permanently identified with official individual identification. The type of official individual identification must be listed on the certificate of veterinary inspection.

Import test requirements.

(5) Poultry, poults, and eggs, excluding doves and pigeons, that originate from flocks or hatcheries that have a pullorum-typhoid clean rating given by the state animal health official or are from an NPIP participant flock must meet the classification requirements stated in subsection (8) of this section.

(6) If poultry do not originate from an NPIP participant flock, they must test negative for the diseases listed in subsection (8) of this section thirty days before entry into the state of Washington.

(7) If hatching eggs are from non-NPIP participant flocks, then the parent breeder flock must be tested for the diseases in subsection (8) of this section within thirty days before the hatching eggs enter the state of Washington.

(8) Poultry, excluding doves and pigeons, must have a negative test for the following diseases:

Disease control classifications

Poultry type

 

Egg-type chickens

Meat-type chickens

Turkeys

Other1

Pullorum-typhoid

YES

YES

YES

YES2

Avian influenza

YES

YES

YES

YES

Mycoplasma gallisepticum

-

-

YES

-

Mycoplasma synoviae

-

-

YES

-

Salmonella enteritidis

YES (commercial)3

-

-

-

1. Waterfowl, hobby, fancy, exhibition chickens, game birds, ratites, and backyard flocks.

2. Excluding waterfowl.

3. Commercial means producers with three thousand or more birds regardless of shipment size.

Exemptions to import health requirements.

(9) Doves, pigeons, waterfowl, game birds, and poultry destined for immediate slaughter are exempt from the certificate of veterinary inspection and testing requirements.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-145, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-13-153, S 16-54-145, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-145, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-145, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: Chapter 16.36 RCW. WSR 94-23-121, S 16-54-145, filed 11/22/94, effective 12/23/94.

 

 

16-54-160. Birds other than poultry, including exotic birds-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) All birds other than poultry entering Washington state require a certificate of veterinary inspection that contains the following statement:

“To the best of my knowledge, the birds listed on this certificate are not infected with exotic Newcastle disease, psittacosis, or avian influenza and have been free from clinical signs of or known exposure to infectious or communicable disease during the past thirty days.”

(2) All birds must be individually identified with a numbered leg band or in a manner appropriate to the species.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-160, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-13-153, S 16-54-160, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-160, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-160, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

Small Animals

16-54-170. Dogs, cats, and ferrets-Importation and testing requirements.

(1) Dogs, cats, or ferrets entering Washington state require a certificate of veterinary inspection.

(2) The certificate of veterinary inspection for dogs, cats, or ferrets must identify each animal and certify that each animal at the time of entry is current on rabies vaccination according to the manufacturer's label, and does not originate from an area under quarantine for rabies.

(3) Dogs six months of age or older must be tested negative for heartworm or are currently on a heartworm preventative.

Exemptions to import health requirements.

(4) Dogs, cats, or ferrets less than ninety days of age do not require a rabies vaccination.

(5) Dogs and cats that originate in Washington state and visit Canada for thirty days or less are exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.

(6) Dogs, cats, or ferrets that are family pets and have current rabies vaccination certificates and are traveling by private conveyance with their owners are exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.

Exemptions to import test requirements.

(7) Dogs that have been owned by the same owner for more than one month prior to entering the state, and are not going to be sold or have a change of ownership, and are traveling by private conveyance with their owner are exempt from the heartworm test requirement.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-170, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-170, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

 

Wild and Exotic Animals, Including Zoo Animals

16-54-180. Wild and exotic animals-Importation and testing requirements.

Import health requirements.

(1) Wild and exotic animals entering Washington state must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued by an accredited veterinarian licensed in the state of origin, or accompanied by an international certificate of health.

(2) All wild and exotic animals must be accompanied by an entry permit.

Import test requirements.

(3) Brucellosis: Within thirty days before entering Washington state, negative serologic testing must be conducted on the following categories of captive wild or exotic animals that are more than six months of age:

Table 1.

Wild and exotic animals that must be tested for brucellosis

 

Tested For

Species Scientific Name

Common Name Examples

Brucella abortus

Camelidae

• Vicuna

   

• Guanaco

 

Cervidae

• Elk

   

• Caribou

   

• Moose

   

• Reindeer

   

• Deer

 

Giraffidae

• Giraffe

   

• Okapi

 

Bovidae

 
   

• Wild cattle (gaur, banteng, kaupre, yak)

   

• Bison (American bison, European bison)

   

• Buffalo (Asian water buffalo, tamaraw, lowland anoa, mountain anoa, African buffalo)

 

Ovidae, Capridae

• Wild sheep (bighorn sheep, Dall's sheep, mouflon, argoli, uriol, blue sheep, barbary sheep, red sheep)

   

• Wild goats (Rocky Mountain goat, ibex, walia ibex, west Caucasian tur, east Caucasian tur, Spanish ibex, markhor)

Brucella suis

Suidae

• Wild swine (European wild boar, bearded pig, Jovan pig, pygmy hog, wart hog, giant forest pig, East Indian swine or Babirusa, African bush pig, peccaries)

Brucella suis biovar 4

Cervidae

• Caribou

   

• Reindeer

Brucella oris

Ovidae, Capridae

• All wild sheep and goats must be tested and found negative to Brucella ovis within thirty days before entering Washington state


(4) Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis):

(a) Animals less than six months of age that are nursing negative tested dams may be excluded from tuberculosis test requirements.

(b) Within thirty days before entering Washington state, the animals listed in the following table must test negative for M. bovis and M. tuberculosis by a skin test or other approved test that follows federal tuberculosis protocols:

Table 2.

Wild and exotic animals that must be tested for tuberculosis

Species Scientific Name

Common Name Examples

   

Ceropithecidae

• Old world primates

   

Elephantidae

• Elephants1

   

Hylobotidae

• Gibbons

   
 

• Lessor apes

   

Pongidae

• Great apes

   

Bovidae

 
   
 

• Wild cattle

   

Ovidae, Capridae

• Wild sheep

   
 

• Wild goats

   

Cervidae, Giraffidae

• Elk

   
 

• Caribou

   
 

• Moose

   
 

• Reindeer

   
 

• Deer

   
 

• Giraffe

   
 

• Okapi

1. Negative trunk wash or other USDA-validated tuberculosis test every twelve months.

(c) Cervidae, such as elk, deer, caribou, moose, and reindeer and Giraffidae, such as giraffe and okapi, must be from herds not known to be infected with, exposed to, or affected by tuberculosis. They must also test negative for M. bovisusing the testing requirements defined in Title 9 C.F.R. Part 77.33 (January 1, 2014).

(d) For all captive wild or exotic animals not listed in Table 2 in subsection (2)(b) of this section, the following statement signed by the animal's owner or agent must be placed on the official certificate of veterinary inspection:

“To my knowledge, the animals listed on this certificate are not infected with tuberculosis and have not been exposed to animals infected with tuberculosis during the past twelve months.”

(5) Pseudorabies: All wild swine imported for zoos, exhibitions or to a research facility must test negative for pseudorabies no more than thirty days before entry into Washington state and must be held in quarantine for thirty to sixty days pending a postentry retest.

(6) Equine infectious anemia: All wild horses, donkeys, and hybrids of the family Equidae must test negative on an approved test for equine infectious anemia no more than six months before entry into Washington state.

(7) Elaphostrongylinae (Parelophostrongylus tenvis (meningeal worm) and Elaphostrongylus cervis (muscle worm)): Before entering Washington state, all Cervidae must be examined for Elaphostrongylinae infection in the absence of anthelminthic treatment that could mask detection of the parasite.

(a) All Cervidae residing for at least six months west of a line through the eastern boundaries of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas or geographical boundaries as otherwise designated by the state veterinarian must have a negative fecal exam for dorsal-spined larvae made by an approved laboratory using the Baermann technique. Animals must be certified that they have not been treated with or exposed to anthelminthics for at least thirty days before testing.

(b) All Cervidae residing for less than six months west of a line through the eastern boundaries of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas or geographical boundaries as otherwise designated by the state veterinarian or from east of that line must be held in a preentry quarantine for thirty to sixty days and have two fecal tests for dorsal-spined larvae made by an approved laboratory using the Baermann technique.

(i) The first test must be conducted at least thirty days and not more than forty days before the second test.

(ii) Fecal samples of at least thirty grams per sample are to be collected by an accredited veterinarian from the animal's rectum and identified by the animal's official identification number.

(iii) During the thirty-day testing period, test animals must be held in quarantine and isolated from all other Cervidaenot included in the shipment.

(iv) If any animal tests positive to either of the two fecal tests, neither that animal nor any other animal held in quarantine with the infected animal may be imported into Washington state.

(c) All imported Cervidae must be held for one hundred eighty days in an on-site quarantine and be available for inspection by the director during this time.

(d) Every thirty, sixty, ninety, one hundred twenty, one hundred fifty, and one hundred eighty days after arrival, fecal samples from the animals must be tested by the Baermann technique in an approved laboratory and be found negative for dorsal-spined larvae. Animals that test positive for dorsal-spined larvae must either be removed from Washington state or destroyed.

(e) To prevent the presence of the gastropod intermediate hosts of Elaphostrongylinae larvae, the quarantine site must be prepared and inspected before the imported animals enter. Preparation includes:

(i) Providing a hard surface, such as asphalt or concrete, on which to keep the animals;

(ii) Spraying the quarantine area with an EPA-registered molluscicide; and

(iii) Spraying a four-meter wide tract around the perimeter of the holding compound with an EPA-registered molluscicide. This perimeter tract must be treated once every five days and within twenty-four hours of precipitation (10 mm or more) to ensure that the gastropod population is kept to zero within the compound.

(8) Rabies: Any carnivorous mammal taken from the wild is prohibited from entering Washington state if rabies has been diagnosed in the state of origin during the past twelve months.

Credits

Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040, and Chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-180, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-13-153, S 16-54-180, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10; WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-180, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.

Current with amendments adopted through the 15-07 Washington State Register dated, April 1, 2015.

 

 

 

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