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Animal Health

GoatsThe Tennessee Department of Agriculture works to ensure a healthy, growing animal industry. TDA partners with state and federal regulators, private veterinarians and livestock industries with programs aimed at preventing, controlling and eradicating certain infectious or communicable diseases of livestock and other domestic animals. Activities include administering eradication programs for brucellosis, tuberculosis, scrapie and pseudorabies, along with the control program for equine infectious anemia. TDA also enforces the laws and rules regulating interstate and intrastate movement of animals.

Animal Health Alerts

Equine Health Advisory (Updated Oct. 14, 2014) - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners of an illness reported at the Bucksnort Trail Ride, Oct. 6-12 in McEwen, Tenn. With approximately 250 horses visiting from eight states, the attending veterinarian reported at least four horses show signs of respiratory illness or fever. Two horses are receiving treatment at a clinic and are said to be improving. Laboratory results are negative for EHV-1. Trail ride organizers have notified participants and are cooperating with the attending veterinarian. Horse owners are encouraged to consult their local veterinarian with any questions or concerns. When traveling with your horses, there are a few tips to keep them safe and healthy:

  • Donít share buckets, tack or other equipment
  • Keep vaccinations up-to-date
  • Avoid direct contact with other horses
  • Isolate horses after travel. It can take a minimum of two weeks for some illness symptoms to appear.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is closely monitoring the situation. Check this webpage and our Facebook page for updates.


Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) - The Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab has recently confirmed six cases of Equine Infectious Anemia in horses in McNairy County, Tennessee. The State Veterinarian's office has quarantined two premises and the epidemiological investigation is ongoing. Equine Infectious Anemia is a viral horse disease transmitted primarily by biting flies such as the horse fly and deer fly. Tennessee animal health regulations require annual testing of all horses that change ownership or are commingled with horses of multiple ownership. A fact sheet on Equine Infectious Anemia can be found at the following link, http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/fs_equine_infectious_anemia.pdf. Questions related to the regulation of Equine Infectious Anemia can be directed to the State Veterinarian's office at 615-837-5120 or to animal.health@tn.gov.


Bovine Trichomoniasis - In December 2013, state animal health officials confirmed two cases of Bovine trichomoniasis in bulls in Tennessee. The bulls were sent to slaughter in keeping with generally accepted animal health protection practices. An epidemiological investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of the spread of the disease. The State Veterinarian has issued requirements for transportation of bulls into Tennessee to prevent the spread of Trichomoniasis. List of Approved Trichomoniasis Veterinarians.

For more information about the cases and efforts to address disease concerns in Tennessee, please refer to the following documents:


NEW FEATURE: TENNESSEE IMPORT REQUIREMENTS ARE ONLINE HERE.


Coggins Test Now Valid for Twelve Months - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently established rules allowing Coggins test results to remain valid for 12 months. The Coggins test checks horses for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Requirements for Change of Ownership.


The Order for "Transportation of Wild-Appearing Swine within Tennessee" has recently been revised in order to strengthen efforts to prevent the illegal transportation and releasing of wild hogs by requiring individual animal identification and documentation for all wild-appearing hogs being moved. The revised order went into effect June 10, 2013. For further information, please visit the following link http://news.tn.gov/node/10976.

Animal Health Links

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) - The VMLRP will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. For further information, visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/animals/in_focus/an_health_if_vmlrp.html or contact Dr. Sara Clariday at the State Veterinarian's Office at Sara.Clariday@tn.gov or (615) 837-5120.

Companion Animal Parasite Council - The mission of CAPC is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections. http://www.capcvet.org.

Dog and Cat Dealer Licensing and Animal Friendly Grant Program

NOTE: The Dog and Cat Dealer Licensing Program and Animal Friendly Tag Grant Program have been transferred to the Tennessee Department of Health. To inquire, call toll free 1-877-403-7350 or local to Nashville at 615-532-7350.

Orders of the State Veterinarian and Approved Forms of Identification

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