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Equine regulations

Comply with requirements for horses residing in Louisiana

Horses residing in Louisiana require an annual test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA or Coggins Test) and permanent identification.

  • All equine imported into Louisiana for any purpose other than consignment to an approved Louisiana livestock auction market or an approved slaughter establishment for immediate slaughter shall be accompanied by a record of a negative official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) conducted within the past 12 months.

  • The official test shall be conducted by an approved laboratory. The name of the laboratory, the case number and the date of the official test shall appear on the health certificate.

  • If there has been a change in ownership of the horse, the Coggins test must be current within six months of the transaction.

The State of Louisiana has significantly reduced our numbers of EIA positive horses since implementing this program in the early 1990s.

Louisiana sets the standard other states use to make their equine regulations. The permanent identification was a significant help after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and other states have adopted our regulations as a model.

More livestock info

  • Buying and selling livestock

    Learn about livestock auctions and review livestock reports
  • Transporting livestock

    Move animals into and out of Louisiana safely and legally with health certificates, Coggins and equine piroplasmosis tests, and other requirements.

Contact info

Veterinary Health Division, Animal Health and Food Safety

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