Utah's New Online Animal Health Permit System
The Division of Animal Industry in the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has recently launched a new online animal health permit system for certain species of animals coming into the state of Utah. All mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection completed by an accredited veterinarian before the animal can enter the state stating that the animal is healthy and certain tests have been performed and in some cases certain vaccinations have been given to the animal.
In addition to the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, the veterinarian needs to call the Division for an entry permit number that is written on the certificate. The only animals that don't require an entry permit number are dogs, cats, ferrets, horses (stallions require a permit), and meat goats.
Before the launching of the new online system, veterinarians would be required to call the Division to get the number over the phone. This made it difficult for the veterinarian to receive a permit number after hours and on the weekends. Now a veterinarian can go online at http://webapp.ag.utah.gov/animalEntryPermit/ and after a quick registration can receive an entry permit number at anytime day or night.
Once the site starts being used, Division personnel can be freed up to conduct other duties that have been neglected due to the time taken away be entry permit calls. The system also allows the Division a way to quantitatively identify what animals are coming into the state. This is an exciting addition for the Division and was developed by in-house IT personnel.
Posted December 1, 2011