ccoggins test

Asked November 2, 2019, 9:47 AM EDT

Is it illegal to sell a horse without a coggins or other shots in MD?

Culpeper County Virginia

1 Response

The MD Department of Agriculture (MDA) has jurisdiction over animal health concerns in MD. Per the MDA web site (, horses over 9 months of age that enter MD must have a negative EIA (Coggins) Test within the immediate 12 months prior to their entry into the state. They also have to be accompanied by evidence of the negative test.

Depending on the area, the age of the horses, uses/travels of horses and the prevalence of disease issues in the region, "routine" vaccination programs will differ widely. Consult a veterinarian in your area for that information. Generally, a MD Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is to be completed up to 30 days prior to sale of the horse.

Typically, when buyers purchase horses it is a good idea to ask questions beforehand, such as when Coggins Testing was done and what vaccines were given to horses and when they were given, as well as many other questions. For example, some horses have severe reactions when they are vaccinated. That's valuable information to know before buying a horse.

I hope this helps.