|State Regulations for Delaware|
Dr. Heather Hirst
Phone: (302) 739-4811
*** GENERAL REQUIREMENTS ***
All livestock and poultry imports must meet Delaware Animal Health requirements, and be in compliance with the Federal Interstate requirements.
All animals covered by these regulations originating from public stockyards or which may be assembled at public stockyards consigned to a legal resident of Delaware shall be required to meet regulations of the State of Delaware before being released.
Livestock entering the State of Delaware without proper approved health certificate shall be held in quarantine at the owner's risk and expense until released by the Department of Poultry and Animal Health, Dover, Delaware.
Who May Inspect
Accredited, licensed graduate veterinarians who are approved by the livestock sanitary official of the state of origin and veterinarians in the employ of the Animal Health Division, United States Department of Agriculture.
Duties of Carriers
Owners and operators of common carriers, trucks and other conveyances are forbidden to move any livestock into or within the state or through the State of Delaware except in compliance with the provisions set forth in these regulations.
All railway cars, trucks, and other conveyances used for the transportation of livestock and poultry shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.
Owners and operators of railway cars, trucks and other conveyances that have been used for the movement of any livestock infected with or exposed to any infectious, contagious or communicable disease shall be required to have such cars, trucks and other conveyances thoroughly cleaned and disinfected under official supervision, before further use is permissible for the transportation of livestock.
Official Health Certificate
An official health certificate is a legible record covering the requirements of the State of Delaware, accomplished on an official form from the state of origin and approved by the livestock sanitary official of the state of origin, and issued by a licensed, graduate, accredited veterinarian who is approved by the proper livestock sanitary official of the state of origin.
The health certificate shall contain the names and addresses of the consignor and the consignee, with an accurate description or identification of the animals and shall also indicate the health status of the animals involved, including results of required tests. Health certificates shall be void thirty (30) days after issuance.
All laboratory tests for brucellosis and other diseases of animals which are intended for interstate movements to Delaware shall be made in the official laboratory of the state of origin.
All livestock imported into the State of Delaware shall be accompanied by an approved official health certificate which must be attached to the waybill or shall be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person in charge of the livestock.
A copy of the approved official health certificate shall be forwarded to the State Veterinarian, Department of Poultry and Animal Health, 2320 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901, before the arrival of the livestock.
*** CATTLE ***
In addition to the general requirements, all cattle shall meet the following requirements:
3. Slaughter Cattle:
Clinically healthy cattle may enter the state without test or permit, provided such cattle are consigned directly to a slaughter house, sales ring or commission auction which is specifically approved by the United State Department of Agriculture and the Chief Livestock Regulatory Official of the State of Delaware. The animals must be accompanied by a waybill or similar document or a certificate signed by the owner or shipper stating that the animals are for immediate slaughter. Said cattle to be held in strict quarantine on premises at destination away from all cattle used for dairy or breeding purposes, and must be slaughtered within ten (10) days from the date of entry. All animals classified for immediate slaughter other than animals consigned directly to a slaughter house, must be individually identified, hot branded with the letter "S" by a representative of the State-Federal Government and so listed on the waybill, bill of sale or shipping certificate.
4. Feeder Cattle:
*** HORSES & OTHER EQUIDAE ***
1. These animals may enter the State of Delaware when accompanied by an official health certificate stating that said animals are free of any infectious or contagious diseases and have not been exposed thereto.
2. Horses must have included in the health certificate their temperature reading taken not more than ten (10) days prior to entry. Horses with a temperature exceeding one hundred and two (102) degrees fahrenheit are not permitted entry.
3. Testing Requirements for Horses:
*** HOGS ***
In addition to the general requirements, all swine for breeding or feeding purposes shall meet the following requirements:
Breeder swine over six (6) months of age must either originate in a Validated Brucellosis Free Herd or be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty (30) days of the date of entry.
3. No swine that have been fed raw garbage are permitted entry into the State of Delaware.
Breeder Swine shall have originated from a Pseudorabies Qualified negative herd or shall have been tested negative for Pseudorabies at the 1:4 dilution within thirty (30) days of their date of entry.
*** SHEEP ***
In addition to the General Requirements, all sheep shall meet the following requirements:
1. must originate in a flock not infected with scrapie within the preceding four (4) years.
*** GOATS ***
In addition to the General Requirements, all goats for breeding or dairy purposes shall meet the following requirements:
*** DOGS ***
In addition to the General Requirements, all dogs shall meet the following requirements: 1. Animals over four (4) months of age shall be adequately vaccinated for rabies and
2. The type of rabies vaccine used for immunization and the date of administration shall be included on the official health certificate and
3. Animals shall not originate in a rabies quarantined area.
*** CATS ***
Cats may enter Delaware when accompanied by an official health certificate stating that said animals are free of any infectious or contagious disease or exposure thereto.
All cats 6 months of age and older must be adequately vaccinated for rabies.
*** PSITTACINE BIRDS ***
A health certificate is required indicating the birds are from an area free of Psittacosis.
*** POULTRY & HATCHING EGGS ***
All poultry imported into the state shall be from approved pullorum typhoid free flocks.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife regulates the harvest of finfish and shell fish, stocking, endangered and threatened species, and injurious fish bans. This agency regulates fresh and saltwater species. If you would like more information, please contact:
Roy Miller, Fisheries Administrator
The Department of Agriculture, Poultry and Animal Health regulates aquaculture. For more information, please contact:
*** RATITES ***
1. A health certificate.
*** BISON ***
*** LLAMAS ***
*** ELK ***
*** RABBITS ***
*** ZOO, FUR-BEARING, & OTHER WILD ANIMALS ***
A health certificate is required for importing wild animals or semi-wild animals under domestication or in custody. In addition, many wild animals, hybrids of wild mammals, wolf hybrids, and reptiles require a permit if the animal species is not native to Delaware. Permit requirements include circuses, exhibitors, and private owners.
All zoo animals shall meet the General Requirements of Federal Regulations. Part A.
*** SEMEN & FROZEN EMBRYOS ***
*** BIOLOGICS, MICROORGANISMS, & PARASITES ***
*** EMERGENCY PROVISIONS ***