Microchip Identification for EIA Control – A good example…
The dramatic drop in Equine Infectious Anemia in the state of Louisiana can be credited to the state’s EIA program, launched in 1994. Permanent ID in the form of a microchip, a brand or a tattoo, is required at the time blood is drawn for Coggins testing. Microchips are the overwhelming choice of ID used by veterinarians and horse owners in the state.
Louisiana’s program was designed to survey, monitor, and control equine infectious anemia (EIA). It has done just that.
Side benefits of the program proved to be such practical applications as emergency preparedness, theft prevention and positive ID of the horse for events and sales.
Louisiana Equine Infectious Anemia Regulations
LOUISIANA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
TITLE 7. AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS
CHAPTER 5. EQUINE
A. Identification. Beginning February 1, 1994, all equine prior to an official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) shall be individually and permanently identified by one of the following means:
1. implanted electronic identification transponder with individual number;
2. individual lip tattoo;
3. individual hot brand or freeze brand.