Under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 all horses, donkeys and mules must have a passport that should accompany them at all times. Furthermore, any horse requiring a new passport must be microchipped.

Foals must have a passport by the end of the year of their birth, or within six months of birth, whichever is later. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to a fine of up to £5,000.

Within the passport, the owner must declare in Section IX whether the horse is intended for human consumption or not. Signing Part II of Section IX will declare the horse IS NOT intended for human consumption, thereby allowing the horse to be treated with certain restricted drugs (such as phenylbutazone or ‘bute’).

If this section is not signed then the horse must be treated as a food producing animal, all drugs given to that horse must be recorded in its passport at the time of treatment and certain medications must not be given to that horse. This is because horses and other equidae are considered to be food producing species in the European Union and therefore the veterinary medicines used to treat such animals fall within national and EU legislation to prevent potentially harmful medications from entering the human food chain.

If the passport is not available for inspection at the time of treatment, then we will need to issue a signed Emergency Treatment form and we may be restricted in the range of medicines that can be used to treat your horse.

The cost for the RVC Equine horse microchipping service is £25.59 plus the appropriate visit fee

The cost for the RVC Equine horse passport ID service is £18.00 plus appropriate visit fee.

Request an passport or microchip appointment

More information about horse passports can be found on the GOV.UK website: Getting and using a horse passport

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