Alpaca Health Requirements

Please read carefully to make sure you meet both the show system and the state of Indiana identification requirements for the show in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana State Health Requirements

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI)

  • Must be completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana.

Animal Identification

Official identification is required for all camelids for exhibition. (If your microchip is not the USDA (ISO 15 digit tag) you will need to have an additional form of identification to meet Indiana’s state requirements. For example, some exhibitors are bringing a photo attached to a copy of the individual alpaca's AOA registration certificate.)

Official identification options for camelids include the following:

  • Physical description of the animal including: name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, cowlicks, scars, blemishes, biometric measures, etc.
  • Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual animal
  • Official ear tag
  • Tattoo
  • USDA-approved electronic implant (microchip)


  • None required


  • None required

AOA Requirements

Veterinarians at the National Show will verify the identification of each alpaca by microchip or official USDA-approved ear tags embedded with a microchip and all CVI requirements listed in the AOA Show System Handbook.

No animal will be admitted to the War Memorial Coliseum unless it meets the following requirements:
  • All alpacas must be in proper physical condition, properly identified with a microchip, and free of visual evidence of infectious, contagious, or parasitic disease at time of arrival. Evidence of infectious, contagious, or parasitic disease or failure to produce the necessary documents for health certification, vaccination, or testing will result in the alpaca's rejection for entry. The onsite veterinarians’ decision is final.
  • All alpacas are required to be microchipped and the microchip number and location for each alpaca shall be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) (Health Papers). Each alpaca will be checked upon entering the facility. Please verify your microchips before transport. If your alpaca's microchip cannot be read at arrival, the alpaca will not be allowed to remain in the venue unless the onsite veterinarian inserts a new microchip at exhibitor's cost and provides appropriate documentation.
  • A valid CVI issued within 30 days of the last day of the show (March 17, 2024) MUST accompany all alpacas attending the AOA National Show. Health Certificates will be verified upon arrival. The alpaca’s registry number, name, microchip number, microchip location, and “negative” or “not detected” results for BVDV using the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method test must be included on the CVI along with the date of the test and lab name. VI method will be accepted if testing was completed prior to January 1, 2010.

Bring a copy of the CVI for the permanent record.


For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health Cattle & Ruminant Division at (317)544-2397 or toll-free at (877)747-3038 or online at