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Animal Industry Bureau

Health Requirements Governing the Admission Of Animals


General requirements and limitations:

All hoofed animals entering Iowa from a state having a premise or area under quarantine because of the diagnosis of Vesicular Stomatitis shall have the following statement written on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: “All animals susceptible to Vesicular Stomatitis  identified and included on this certificate have been examined and found to be free from clinical signs of Vesicular Stomatitis, have not been exposed to Vesicular Stomatitis, and within the past 30 days, have not been within ten miles of any site under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis.”

Relation to Federal Requirements Livestock and poultry imported into Iowa shall comply with the regulations governing admission of livestock and poultry into Iowa and be in compliance with Federal Interstate Health Requirements.

No animal, including poultry or birds or avian products of any species that is affected with, or that has been recently exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease or that originates from a quarantined area, shall be shipped or in any manner transported or moved into Iowa, unless approved by the state veterinarian: EXCEPT animals approved for interstate shipment for immediate slaughter by the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture or Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Bureau of Animal Industry.

All livestock or poultry or birds shipped or in any manner transported or moved into Iowa shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or permit or both when required, or a properly completed and distributed form VS 9-3 (poultry), which must be attached to the waybill or shall be in possession of the driver of the vehicle or the person in charge of the animals.

All cars and trucks used for hauling livestock (cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine) for feeding, breeding, or stock purposes, into the State of Iowa, must be cleaned and disinfected before such shipments of livestock are loaded.

All animals and poultry or birds entering the State of Iowa shall be consigned to a corporation or an individual who is a legal resident of the State of Iowa or to a legal agent authorized by law to do business within the state.

Prairie dogs (Cynomys sp.), tree squirrels (Heliosciurus sp.), rope squirrels (Funisciurus sp.), dormice (Graphiurus sp.), Gambian giant pouched rats (Cricetomys sp.), brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus sp.), and striped mice (Hybomys sp.) are prohibited from importation into the state.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is a legible record accomplished on an official form of the state of origin, issued by an accredited veterinarian and approved by the livestock sanitary official of the state of origin; or an equivalent form of the United States Department of Agriculture issued by a federally employed veterinarian. A copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection shall be forwarded immediately to the livestock sanitary official of the state of origin for approval and transmittal.

Certificates on all livestock and poultry or birds shall not be valid more than thirty days from date of inspection.


Requests by mail for permits should be directed to the Bureau of Animal Industry, Wallace Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, or by calling (515) 281-5547.  Permits can be obtained from 7:30-4:30 Central time.  All permits shall be valid for one shipment only and will be void fifteen days after date of issuance.

Permits are required on:

1.      All cervidae.

2.      All captive wild-type (feral) swine. Permits issued only during regular business hours.

3.      All domestic fowl or poultry originating from an Avian Influenza or Exotic Newcastle affected state.

4.      Cattle and bison originating from states not classified as tuberculosis-free and brucellosis-free.

5.      Livestock movements, when variances of our regulations are being requested. Special permits for this purpose issued only during regular office hours.


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Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:    PH: 515-281-5321
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