General Requirements

NDAC 48-02-01-01:

'In addition to the disease testing, treatment, vaccination, or identification requirements of this chapter, the state veterinarian may require additional disease testing, treatment, vaccination, or identification if the state veterinarian has reason to believe that other health risks are present.'

Veterinarians signing the certificates of veterinary inspection are encouraged to contact the North Dakota State Veterinarian's office to determine if test requirements listed on this website are current or if additional testing is required.

  1. Importation Permits are required on certain animals entering North Dakota. Permits can be obtained by calling:

    State Board of Animal Health
    ND Department of Agriculture
    600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 602
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
    Phone: 701-328-2655 (8 am - 5 pm CT) during office hours
    Emergencies and After Hours: (701) 220-5194 or (701) 220-0092

  2. No animal or poultry that is infected with, or has been recently exposed to, any infectious or transmissible disease shall be imported into this state.
  3. Certificates of veterinary inspection are required on most animals imported. The certificate is to be made on official state or federal forms and contain names and addresses of consignor and consignee, with an accurate description and identification of all animals.  For more information on certificates of veterinary inspection, please visit our Certificate of Veterinary Inspection page
  4. All certificates of veterinary inspection shall be issued and all tests shall be made by an accredited veterinarian whose inspections and tests are endorsed by the state veterinarian in the state where the certificate is issued.

*ND State Board of Animal Health does not accept TEST PENDING for any testing requirements and the test results must be listed on the Certification of Veterinary Inspection. Exceptions for registered breeding sheep, call State Board of Animal Health office.

*ND State Board of Animal Health does not accept on cattle ADULT VACCINATION FOR BRUCELLOSIS.


Owner-Shipper Statement (OSS) -Please call the State Veterinarian of the state of destination to determine when an OSS is requested to accompany a shipment.

Vesicular Stomatitis Notice

All imports of horses, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, swine, and cervidae from any states which have a confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis positive animal or have a quarantine in place, are required to be accompanied by a pre-entry permit number prior to import into North Dakota.  The permit number is to be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and is given to the veterinarian issuing the CVI.

A statement shall be written on the CVI by the issuing veterinarian that indicates that "the animals on the CVI have not originated from a premises or an area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last 30 days; and the animals in the shipment have no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis."

'For shipments within a 10 mile radius of an infected area or premises, use the statement above except for the exam must be within a 24 hour time frame as well as the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 24 hours.'

These requirements shall remain in effect until notice is given by the North Dakota Board of Animal Health.


Biologics, Mircoorganisms, & Parasites Dogs & Cats


Bison Horse & other Equidae
Camelids Nontraditional Livestock/Exotic Animal
Cattle Semen & Frozen Embryos
Cervids Sheep

Animal Movement and Importation Requirements Contacts

Dr. Susan Keller, DVM

North Dakota State Veterinarian
State Board Of Animal Health 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
701-328-2655 701-220-0092

Dr. Beth Carlson, DVM

Deputy State Veterinarian
State Board of Animal Health 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
701-328-2655 701-220-5194

Dr. Sarah Bailey, DVM

Assistant State Veterinarian
600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58501
701-328-2612 701-202-6251

North Dakota State Board of Animal Health

600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
701-328-2655 1-800-242-7535
doa-bah@nd.gov https://www.nd.gov/ndda/animal-health/north-dakota-state-board-animal-health