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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 1, 2013 12:00 PM
From: Senator Michael L. Waugh
To: All Senate members
Subject: Certification of Health for Animal Exhibitions
I am introducing legislation, that I proposed last year but did not formally introduce, that amends Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes regarding the documentation required to exhibit animals at livestock shows.

Under current law, a person may not bring an animal to an exhibition (including county fairs and the PA Farm Show) unless the person has an established “veterinarian-client-patient relationship.” The Department of Agriculture has enforced this by requiring an animal exhibitor to fill out a form self-certifying that their animal has such a relationship with a veterinarian.

In light of the fact that many, if not most, animal exhibitors also have a health certificate for their animals (which is signed by a veterinarian certifying the health of the animal), I have heard from a number of exhibitors questioning the need of providing the separate veterinarian-client-patient relationship form. This legislation would clarify that an animal health certificate can be accepted in lieu of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship form.

Previous co-sponsors included Senators Eichelberger, Folmer, Baker, Ward and Alloway.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Chris Naylor in my office at 787-3817 or cnaylor@pasen.gov .

Introduced as SB526