Important DATCP Changes Affecting Veterinarians

Jul 29 | Animal Owners, Livestock, News

By the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Division of Animal Health

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wants to remind veterinarians of recent rule changes. These include submitting certificates of veterinary inspection (CVIs), the process for submitting farm-raised deer samples for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing and updates for swine testing and movement.

Submitting CVIs for Interstate and Intrastate Movement

Changes to ATCP 10.06 now only require Wisconsin veterinarians to submit the interstate CVIs they issue for interstate or intrastate movement to DATCP within seven calendar days after issuance. DATCP will now forward those CVIs to the states of destination.

Interstate CVI forms are required to be submitted; intrastate forms are not required to be submitted. Email submission options for paper CVIs are available. Using electronic CVIs continues to be encouraged, and these CVIs are electronically submitted when they are issued.

For paper CVI submission instructions and approved electronic CVI options, please visit and view the Reference Materials in the left-hand column. Mail paper CVIs to: DATCP-DAH, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.

Rule Changes for Farm-Raised Deer Veterinarians

When completing a CVI for intrastate movement of farm-raised deer (FRD), two individual identifications must be listed for each of the animals included on the CVI. Also, three statements shall be recorded on the document. The wording of the first statement has changed:

• All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd currently enrolled in good standing with at least five years of status is a state CWD program meeting the federal bureau standards.

• All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd that has shown no clinical signs of CWD in the past 12 months.

• All cervids identified on this certificate originate from a herd that is adequately separated from any wild deer herd known to be infected with CWD.

When submitting CWD test samples, label the test sample with the official individual ID. If no official ID is attached to or submitted with the FRD, apply an official tag to tissue on the head. Keep record of the official ID usage in your clinic records and supply the newly applied tag number to the herd owner for their records. All ID tags and numbers from the animals shall accompany the test sample. Include a quarter size piece of tissue to be submitted when removing the identification.

When submitting whole heads to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) for CWD testing, complete the WVDL general submission form. If samples are being submitted, fill out a VS 10-4 form. Dr. Paul Kunde has recently been named the new area veterinarian in charge (AVIC) for Wisconsin, so his name should be in box 12 (Authorized By) of the VS 10-4. Unless notified by DATCP, the routine submission forms do not need to be sent to DATCP. Retain copies of the forms for at least five years in your clinic files, as you may be contacted by DATCP if a copy is needed for investigation or review.

As a reminder, any licensed and Wisconsin-accredited Category II veterinarian may collect samples from FRD for CWD testing only after they complete training to become qualified to take samples. Contact DATCP if you wish to complete the training. CWD is a reportable disease. Contact DATCP if symptoms of CWD are observed in any FRD or if a CWD test is reported as being suspect or positive.

Updates for Swine Testing and Movement

The original swine movement rules included testing for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and swine enteric coronavirus disease (SECD). SECD testing included testing for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The original rule went into effect in February 2018. The Division of Animal Health issued the waiver removing the requirement for PDCoV testing in March 2018, leaving only the
requirements for PRRS and PEDv testing.

You can read the waiver here.

The new iteration of ATCP Chapter 10 incorporates the intent of the waiver into rule. All of the references to SECD have been replaced by PEDv. This rule change does not change the testing that has been required for more than two years. Testing for PRRS and PEDv is still required.

The original swine movement rule included an exemption from PRRS and PEDv testing if swine were transported directly to a slaughter establishment or to one terminal fair or exhibition before going directly to a slaughter establishment. The first year the rule went into effect, the needs of the fairs and exhibitions to ship directly to slaughter exceeded the slaughter establishment capacity, so some of the markets organized slaughter-only market sales. The Division of Animal Health recognized the slaughter-only market sale as an acceptable option to going directly to a slaughter establishment and, for the last two years, has allowed use of this alternative route to slaughter without requiring PRRS and PEDv testing. The updated ATCP Chapter 10 includes an exemption to the PRRS and PEDv testing requirement for swine moving to a slaughter-only market sale.