Q&A from Interstate Travel and Movement Compliance Webinar

by | Nov 10, 2020 | Blog, Featured | 0 comments

In our recent webinar, Interstate Travel and Movement Compliance for All Species, industry leading veterinarians discussed navigating the rules and requirements around animal movement and travel in the US. 

Here, we’re sharing resources and summarizing Q&A from the webinar. If you still have questions related to interstate movement of animals, please contact us and we’ll add them to this list.

Questions and answers from the webinar

There were many questions submitted by webinar attendees, and not all of them could be addressed in the hour-long session. We have compiled the questions and worked with the presenters to provide answers to the best of our knowledge. Click on a topic to expand the Q&A.


Q: What do you do if you live in a state that will not give out locations for cattle or horses that test positive for something like VS and it’s hard to know if you’re within the 20 mile range that prevents travel to some states?

A: Very few states require the 10 – 20 mile range and most western states define the restrictions by county. If that information is not provided, then you would not be able to write a CVI for that animal to go to the state with the requirement of being outside of the 20 mile range. If that information is necessary, you will need to contact the state veterinarian’s office for additional information.

Companion Animal

Q: If all the info that would be included on a rabies certificate is included on the CVI, is a separate rabies certificate needed?

A: Yes, it is important to travel with both documents, the CVI and the current rabies certificate.

Q: Where can I learn more about companion animals movement requirements?

A: You can learn more about companion animal movement requirements in our recorded webinar, Small Animal Requirements for Movement and Travel with Dr. Ragan.


Q: Can you clarify the dating on EIAs for equine CVIs? Is it the date drawn or date results are reported back to vet that should be included on the CVI?

A: If you are including the results completed via a paper EIA form, you will list the date the blood was drawn on the CVI. If you are including the results completed via a digial EIA, you will list the test submitted date on the CVI.

Other Species

Q: Can you provide any information on the requirements for wildlife (especially avian) and aquatic species movement?

A: As with other species, the requirements will vary depending on the origin and destination of the animals. You can learn more about wildlife and aquaculture requirements on the USDA website or by contacting the destitnation state veterinarian.

Requirements / Forms

Q: Which states no longer accept the USDA APHIS 7001 form?

A: We work directly with state animal health officials to keep track of what states have changed their acceptance of 7001 forms and update the information here. You can learn more about the reasons behind these changing rules here.

Q: What are some of the most common errors on CVIs?

A: Some of the most common health certificate (CVI) errors include:

  • Wrong form
  • Test results/vaccination records missing
  • Test results not recorded correctly
  • Questionable accreditation status
  • Missing certification statements
  • Incomplete 911 address
  • No signature
  • Outdated information
  • Improper ID of animal
  • Improper test performed
  • No import permit
  • Certificate not sent into state within 7 days of issuance

Q: Where can I find additional information about international travel with pets?

A: Our recent webinar, International Pet Travel 101 with Dr. Nelva Bryant, covers more information on international travel with pets. We also provide international pet movement compliance as part of your GVL account.

Q: Is GVL an alternative to the VEHCS USDA platform?

A: GVL assists with creating compliant international travel documents for dogs and cats. Documents created through GVL will still need to be submitted to USDA APHIS for endorsement, which can be completed through VEHCS.


Q: Are GVL certificates accepted by the US territories?

A: Yes, GVL certificates are accepted by all 50 states and the US territories.

Q: Do GVL CVIs automatically add any required statements for the destination state?

A: SmartEngine technology, part of the GVL platform, will notifiy the user of the requirements of the desintation state. The user will be promted to answer questions based on the species selected and will be notified if information that is required by the destination state is missing before signing.

Q: How does SmartEngine work?

A: GVL SmartEngine technology is what makes GVL’s digital animal health solutions truly different from paper forms, fillable PDFs and other electronic certificate products. Developed with the veterinarian in mind, GVL SmartEngine technology saves time and frustration by making health certificate and VFD creation as easy as possible, while ensuring that the completed certificates and VFDs are accurate and compliant with requirements. SmartEngine checks the regulations of the origin and destination state to ensure that the required information is included on the CVI, and alerts the user if required information is missing. Learn more about SmartEngine here.

Q: How is GVL different from other digital CVI providers?

A: Digital CVIs in the GVL platform help ensure the final certificate is accurate and complete, and are also approved for use in all US states and territories. Our easy-to-use software is built for veterinarians and clinic staff, with built-in state movement requirements and a searchable database of client and animal records. Plus, our digital CVIs are automatically submitted to state officials and provide a secure alternative to the APHIS 7001 form. Completed certificates can also be easily shared with clients via MyVetLink. Learn more about our digital health certificates here.

Q: If tests and/or vaccines are entered while entering the animal or group of animals, can they be included on the CVI?

A: Yes, tests and vaccinations can be included on a CVI. After creating the animal or animal group, you’ll have the option to create tests and vaccinations. The tests and vaccinations that you wish to include on the CVI must be selected from the list of tests or vaccinations for each animal or animal group. Visit our Help Center to learn more.

Q: Where can I view a demo of the GVL platform?

A: You can check out training videos in our Help Center or request a personal demo by contacting our team.

Q: Are GVL digital CVIs be available for Canadian users?

A: The GVL platform is built to provide CVIs for US veterinarians and our CVIs are accepted for export into Canada. At this time, the GVL platform cannot be used to create digital animal transport documents for Canada.

Extended Equine CVI (EECVI)

Q: Where can I learn more about EECVIs?

A: Join us for our next webinar, All About Extended Equine Certificates of Veterinary Inspection, on Tuesday, December 1st at Noon CT. Register here.

Q: For EECVI, what address do you input if the owner is located in a different state from the horses?

A: For issuance, the state of origin of the horse must be a participant in the EECVI program. The address listed on the EECVI should be the address where the horse is located. Once an EECVI has been obtained, horses will only be issued permits for movement to participating states that accept the official ID that that the horse is enrolled with.

Q: What does green for Vermont represent on the EECVI map?

A: The EECVI map shows the states that are participating in the EECVI program and the IDs types each state accepts. Vermont is colored green because EECVI travel permits are only accepted for travel into Vermont from May 1st – October 31st.


Q: Where can I learn more about SmartEngine?

A: You can learn more about GVL’s SmartEngine technology here.

Interstate Travel and Movement Compliance for All Species


Brenda Flaming, DVM

Small Animal

Rozann Stay, DVM


Amanda Price, DVM, MS


Steven Clark, DVM


J. Tyler Holck, DVM


This program has been approved for one hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
This webinar was recorded and is available to watch online.