The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instituted its Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) to improve
its ability to trace livestock, including horses, in the event of a disease outbreak. The new system applies to all livestock
Under the new federal regulations, horses moving interstate must be identified and accompanied
by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). The new system is built on methods of identification and movement
documentation that are already employed in the horse industry, e.g., written descriptions, digital photographs, brands, tattoos,
electronic identification methods, and interstate certificates of veterinary inspection. The person or entity responsible
for moving the horse interstate must ensure that it has an ICVI or other document (if other document is accepted by
both sending and receiving states) required by the new rule.
The ADTP will be administered by the states
with federal support. The new rules also apply to movements to and from a Tribal area. In those cases, the Tribal authorities
are involved in the system.