15.11.12.03

.03 Test Requirements.

A. For Shipment into Maryland. All equines over 9 months old entering the State shall have been found negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia made within 12 months before entry, and shall be accompanied by a copy of the official negative test result or be consigned directly to a market or auction licensed by the Department.

B. For Exhibition. All equines over 9 months old assembled for supervised exhibition in the State shall have been found negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia made within 12 months before the date of the event. The supervisor of the event shall ascertain that a copy of the official negative test results accompanies each equine to the event and shall make a list of the entries and their test status available for inspection by a representative of the Secretary upon request.

C. Change of Ownership.

(1) A person may not change ownership of an equine over 9 months old unless it has been found negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia made within 12 months before the date of the change of ownership. A copy of the negative test shall accompany the equine at the time of ownership transfer and becomes the property of the new owner.

(2) Equines consigned for slaughter to an establishment approved by the Secretary shall be exempt from testing requirements.

D. For Markets or Auctions. Horses may be assembled at a market or auction without a negative test for equine infectious anemia, only if:

(1) Upon entering the market or auction, the operator shall be responsible for:

(a) Applying an identification approved by the Department on each equine; and

(b) Obtaining the complete name and address of each owner who either delivers, or has another individual deliver, a horse to the market or auction for sale.

(2) All horses, while assembled at the market or auction, have blood samples drawn for equine infectious anemia testing.

(3) The operator of the market or auction employs a licensed accredited veterinarian to draw blood samples from all horses delivered for sale, and records all visible markings, including sex, age, color, and other permanent identifiers of each horse bled; and

(4) The operator announces, prior to the market or auction, that all horses will be tested for equine infectious anemia.

E. Each buyer of a horse or horses at the market or auction shall be required to sign a release form indicating agreement to maintain such horse or horses at a specified location until notified of the results of the test. Horses with negative at a specified location until notified of the results of the test. Horses with negative test results may move in normal trade channels. Owners of horses that react to the test shall comply with Regulation .02 of this chapter, pertaining to quarantine. Maryland licensed equine slaughter buyers may move horses tested with pending results directly to an approved equine slaughter facility immediately after the sale.

F. The State Veterinarian may grant exceptions to the requirements under §§D and E of this regulation as the circumstances warrant, if they are not in variance with other rules and regulations governing the State.

G. Exemptions. Slaughter equines purchased in Maryland or in another state by Maryland licensed livestock dealers and assembled in Maryland before shipment to an approved market or slaughter establishment are exempt from testing requirements. This exemption shall apply only to properly identified equines that are kept separate and apart from other equines on a premises previously approved by the Secretary and are not held over 15 days before shipment. The type identification used shall be approved or specified by the Secretary.

H. Retest of Reactors. A horse reported as a reactor on an initial test may be retested one time by a State or federal veterinarian before affixing a permanent identification on the animal.

I. Quarantine of Exposed Animals. If the reactor shows clinical evidence of equine infectious anemia or an epidemiological investigation so indicates, all horses on the premises where the clinical reactor is found will be quarantined and movement allowed only after a negative test. During the period when biting insects are present, a second negative test will be required in not less than 60 days from the date of the removal of the reactor from the quarantined premises.

J. Cost of Tests. As to tests made in Department laboratories, a charge of $5 will be paid to the Department for each official test sample received. Samples will be run only when submitted by an accredited veterinarian. The accredited veterinarian shall be responsible for the laboratory fee.