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Import-Export Requirements

General Requirements for Animal Imports into North Carolina

Additional Requirements for Importing Livestock from Vesicular Stomatitis Positive States

Current states positive for VS: Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. To view the latest updates and see which counties are positive please go to the USDA website.

  • "Livestock" means any hoofed animal, to include bovines, sheep, goats, swine, camelids (New and Old World), and horses and other members of the Equidae family.
  • No Extended Equine Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (EECVI) are allowed from infected states. EECVIs will be allowed when a quarantine has been lifted from a state.
All livestock from an infected State, but not from a county under quarantine for VS
  • Follow normal North Carolina entry requirements per administrative code.
All livestock from an infected State and a county that contains a premises quarantined for VS
  • Any livestock entering NC from a county that contains a premises quarantined for VS shall be accompanied by an ICVI dated within 14 days of entry with the statement:

“All animals identified on this Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have been inspected and found to be free from clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis.”


Importation of Native Wildlife or Potentially Invasive Species


The importation of native wildlife or potentially invasive species into NC may also require a permit from NCWRC. For further information, please see:


General Requirements for Veterinarians Exporting Cats, Dogs, and Ferrets


The State Veterinarian's Office receives many questions about what health certificates can be used to export cats, dogs, and ferrets to other states.

NCDA&CS Veterinary Division, Dr. Michael Martin - State Veterinarian
Mailing Address: 1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3250 Fax: (919) 733-2277

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