As of July 1st, 2019, Tennessee will no longer be issuing its Equine Interstate Event Permit, or Equine Passport. The Equine Passport is being replaced by the Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. The EECVI has been available as an option for horse travel documentation since the beginning of the year. While Equine Passports issued during the first half of the year will be honored for six months from the date of issuance, moving forward the EECVI will be the only available option.
We talked a little about the difference between EECVIs and other forms of CVIs and horse travel documentation in our post about South Dakota making the change to the EECVI system. For those who are less familiar with this system, there are two clear advantages of using EECVIs.
- They’re good for up to 6 months, rather than 30 days with a standard CVI form system. The EECVI is considered valid for a longer period of time because it allows for more direct communication and follow-up reporting of equine symptoms that occur after the initial examination. Likewise, this online database system requires the horse owner/manager to log in and obtain a Health Declaration and Movement Permit (HDMP) each time the horse leaves the state.
- The other big advantage is that the EECVI is already accepted by many states and may eventually become universal. Several states have signaled their intention to honor the EECVI, while waiting on necessary changes from the state authorities and legislators. You can read more about the transition to EECVIs in Tennessee through the state’s Department of Agriculture.
No matter what system your state uses to document out-of-state equine travel, a negative Coggins test is always part of the requirement. Some states honor Coggins test for up to 12 months, but most states require a negative test result within the last six months to travel to and from their state. Use our website as your resource for finding faster, cheaper Coggins labs in your state.