Despite a standing executive order advocating against “vaccine passports,” state veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven says rodeo managers should require medical exams of all participants—at least the four-legged ones:
It’s rodeo season in South Dakota and State Veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven advises event managers can limit the spread of infectious diseases by requiring Certificates of Veterinary Inspection.
…Oedekoven says horses with any clinical signs of illness should be isolated from other horses and should seek veterinary care. He also recommends against bringing affected horses to rodeos and jackpots. He adds good biosecurity practices at the events and by individual participants is important in limiting the spread of infectious diseases [Julia Kaye, “Healthy Horses Don’t Want Sick Horses at the Rodeo,” KELO Radio, 2021.06.12].
Horses must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or EECVI and a negative Coggins test or ELISA Equine Infectious Anemia test to enter South Dakota. Horses imported from Canada must also have an entry permit number.