USEF Microchip and Vaccination Rule

Microchip rule from USEF is covered in sections  HU101, JP100, EQ103

as stated under JP100 Eligibility 

3.1 In addition to the provisions of JP 100.2, on or after December 1, 2017, all horses competing in classes that require USHJA horse registration must provide a microchip number that verifies their animal’s identity in order to compete for points, money won or be eligible for Federation and/or USHJA programs and awards where horses are required to be recorded or registered.

3.2 A microchip used to verify identity must be a fifteen digit ISO compliant 11784/11785 chip and be implanted in the nuchal ligament of the animal.

3.3 This rule will have a transition period from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. During this period, animals that are not in compliance with this rule will not receive points or be eligible for Federation and/or USHJA programs and awards. After this period, all horses that are competing in classes which require USHJA registration which are not microchipped will be ineligible to compete in Federation licensed competitions. BOD 11/13/17 Effective 12/1/17 more information can be found at https://www.usef.org/media/pre...

This procedure should be done by a veterinarian and is a quick and easy process.  Contact our office for more information. 

The Vaccination Rule:

GR845 Equine Vaccination Rule
1. At Federation licensed competitions horses, more than 7 months of age, entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations
within six months prior to entering the stables. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be required to leave
the competition grounds upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of
the following methods mentioned below. The frequency of vaccine administration should be per the vaccine © USEF 2019 103
manufacturers’ or veterinarian’s recommendations. It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or
under the direction of a veterinarian.
2. In the case of vaccines administered by a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management,
must provide documentation from the veterinarian on documenting that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines and date of vaccine administration.
3. In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent
with care, custody, and control of the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of
vaccine administration.
4. In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccinations due to a history of adverse reactions, the
exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures
taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These horses must also have their
temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be
provided to the Competition Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested.
5. Competition Management may not amend or enhance vaccination requirements without prior approval of the
Veterinary Committee.  More information can be found at https://www.usef.org/forms-pub...

The veterinarians at Nebraska Equine recommend vaccinating every 4-6 months as follows:

  1. Biannual- vaccinate every 6 months: *Most horses and all FEI Horses
    1. Spring: STRFW (Eastern and Western Sleeping Sickness, Tetanus, Rhino, Flu, West Nile), Rabies, Strangles
    2. Fall: Rhino and Flu
    3. Clinic reminders will be made to set your appointments every 6 months.

* Conflicts with vaccinations and show schedule could happen.

  1. Triannual- vaccinate every 4 months if show schedule conflicts with biannual
    1. Spring: STRFW (Eastern and Western Sleeping Sickness, Tetanus, Rhino, Flu, West Nile), Rabies, Strangles
    2. Summer: Rhino and Flu
    3. Winter: Rhino and Flu
    4. Clinic reminders will be made to set your appointments every 4 months.

*This program minimizes conflicts with vaccinations and show schedules.  

Please call our office to discuss your vaccination program for the upcoming year.  You can verify your compliance program with the barn manager or owner.  Your Nebraska Equine Veterinary Clinic invoice of vaccinations serves as your proof of vaccination for USEF events. 

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