Animal Health Regs

For Exhibition and Showing Only

Pursuant to Rule 6.07 of “Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals” from which these Fair and Show Regulations are adopted and reads as follows:

“Exemptions from Permits and specific requirements for individual species will be provided for the purpose of Fair, Show and Exhibition as deemed necessary by the State Veterinarians Office. The State Veterinarians Office shall make a compilation of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals, as they pertain to Fair, Show and Exhibition, available annually.”

NOTE: The Rules and Regulations specified below are for Fair, Show and Exhibition ONLY. The Rules and Regulations governing the interstate movement of animals and the health or care of animals within Elphin are paramount and may be different. Animals used for purposes other than fair, show and exhibition, as defined below, may have other requirements or regulations. These regulations apply to all animals at fairs and shows, not just those entered in competition. (They apply to animals on exhibition, in parades, circuses, pets accompanying owners, pony rides, rodeos etc.)


1) Rabies Vaccination Requirement:
A. Horses, Sheep, Cattle, Dogs, Cats, & Ferrets:

1) Current Official Rabies Vaccination Certificate.

2) For animals over six (6) months of age when the initial vaccine was administered, thirty (30) days must lapse before the animal is considered Officially Vaccinated.

3) Animals between three (3) months of age and (6) months of age are considered Officially Vaccinated immediately upon receiving the vaccine UNLESS there is history of recent exposure to a potentially rabid animal.

2) Individual species requirements
A. ALL ANIMALS entered at Fairs and Shows must be in proper physical condition and are subject to examination at the exhibition for visual evidence of infections or contagious diseases or any condition that would render it unfit for exhibition. Any animal exhibiting signs, including but not limited to the following, may be refused entry: diarrhoea, vomiting, nasal discharge, ocular discharge, cough, lameness, skin lesions, loss of hair or feathers, external parasites, neurological signs, fever, lethargy, depression, difficult breathing, abscesses or growths, emaciation, or known exposure to animals with infectious or contagious diseases. Animals and exhibitors banned from other events due to the detection of prohibited drugs, medications, and/or substances will not be allowed entry.

Evidence of any contagious or infectious disease will result in an animal’s rejection for entrance. The decision of the inspector is final. Animals may be rejected by inspectors based upon suspicion of disease subsequent to inspection since timely confirmation of disease in a field setting may not be feasible. All Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (a.k.a CVI / Health Certificates) for animals that originate out-of-state, and all certificates or test charts on animals that originate in-state, must be signed by a licensed veterinarian (and that veterinarian must also be federally accredited when applicable) validating the animal’s vaccinations, identification and that they are clinically free of infectious/contagious diseases and have no history of exposure to such diseases.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI / Health Certificate) must specifically state the location or property where the animals are regularly housed. Certificates and Test Reports must be available to inspectors at each exhibition. All out-of-state Health Certificates must be signed by the Chief Livestock Health Official from the state of origin.

All required tests and vaccinations must be in the name of the current owner, family or exhibitor and be performed within required time for permanent importation or exhibition.

All out-of-state animals exhibiting in Elphin must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI /Health Certificate) from the state of origin, dated no earlier than January 1st, 2012 nor more than 30 days prior to entry to the first show of the season in any New England State. Thereafter, the Health Certificate is valid for the remainder of the season in Rhode Island. Prior entry or import permits are not required for show purposes or temporary importation.

CATTLE: All out-of-state cattle:
(1) Must be negative to a tuberculosis test not more than 60 days prior to entry to the first show of the season in Rhode Island or from a herd certified TB free within 365 days.

(2) Must be negative to a Brucellosis Blood Test not more than 30 days prior to the first show of the season, unless from a Negative Herd tested within 12 months, or, in case of breeding cattle, if officially vaccinated for Brucellosis and under 18 months of age. Steers and spayed heifers are exempt from brucellosis testing requirement. All cattle under 4 months of age are exempt from brucellosis testing requirement.

(3) All cattle originating from states or regions that are endemic for Bluetongue and Anaplasmosis must be tested negative for Bluetongue and Anaplasmosis within 30 days of entry into Rhode Island. Record of vaccination, TB tests and blood tests must be available.

(4) In-state origin cattle must be identified and vaccinated as below.

All cattle must be officially identified in compliance with all federal or state identification requirements in order to assure each animal is vaccinated and that all records are accurate. Owners are responsible for validating all identification.

(1) All out-of-state poultry must be accompanied by written proof (NPIP ID Cards, Valid Testing Reports or Health Certificates) that the flock of origin, or individual bird, was blood tested negative for Pullorum-typhoid within 365 days.

(2) No poultry from states or areas under quarantine for disease will be allowed entry.