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Horse semen


Zimbabwe (ZW)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements. Additional information to assist exporters with how to prepare reproductive material for export is available on the Department's website.

There are no agreed conditions for the export of horse semen to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

An import permit is required and may be obtained from:

Director of Veterinary Services
Ministry of Land, Agriculture and Water Development
PO Box CY 06
Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe
+(263) 242 791516
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the country website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Health certification


  1. Information on the donor stallion
    BreedDate of BirthCountry of birthName or Number

  2. Information concerning the semen

    1. a) Date(s) of collection:
    2. b) Number of ampoules/straws and volume of each:

  3. Origin of the semen

    1. a) Name and address of Artificial Insemination Centre:
    2. b) Name of donor stallion(s):
    3. c) Identification marks
    4. d) Method and degree of dilution
      (with statement of preservatives and antibiotics used)

  4. Destination of Semen

    1. a) Name and address of Exporter
    2. b) Name and address of consignee
    3. c) Means of transportation and available details of shipment

  5. Declaration by Official Veterinarian

    I, Dr ………………………………………….., a salaried veterinary officer of the Australian Department of Agriculture, do hereby certify the following in relation to the semen for export listed in this certificate that:

    1. the semen referred to above was collected at an official artificial insemination centre which is under the control and supervision of a veterinarian approved by the Ministry of Agriculture
    2. the donor stallions-
      1. had been continuously resident at the AI centre concerned for a period of at least 30 days prior to the collection of the semen and in that time had not been used for natural mating
      2. have been in the exporting country since birth, or for a continuous period of at least 12 months prior to the collection of semen
      3. emanate from premises which have been free of equine infectious anaemia, equine encephalitis; contagious equine metritis, for at least 12 months prior to the collection of semen, had in the case of contagious equine metritis, since the commencement of the previous breeding season
      4. were tested for glanders and for dourine, with negative results within 30 days prior to collection of semen or; alternatively; the exporting country is free from these diseases
      5. were examined by him within 21days prior to collection of semen and found to be clinically healthy and free of communicable diseases to which the species is susceptible
      6. have passed with negative results the agar gel immuno­diffusion or Coggins test for equine infectious anaemia within 21 days prior to collection of semen
      7. are to be tested three (3) times for contagious equine metritis at intervals of not less than seven (7) days within the 30 days immediately prior to collection of semen. Swabs must be taken from the sheath, urethra and urethra l fossa for each of the three tests. After testing the animal us to be kept in isolation until the time of collection of the semen; in premises certified to be free of contagious equine metritis; and –
      8. twice for equine viral arteritis with an interval of 21 days between tests; the last test was within 21 days of collection of se men

Special conditions

The consignment must be:

  1. adequately and hygienically packed
  2. conveyed by air to Harare airport
1. The arrival of the consignment must be reported to the Provincial Veterinary Officer and must be isolated to his satisfaction until insemination is carried out.
2. The animals which have been inseminated with imported semen may not be removed from the property for a period of at least 30 days after insemination and no other horses may be removed from the farm during this period except under cover of a permit issued by the Government Veterinary Officer of the area.
3. Any illness or deaths of the horses during the period of restriction must immediately be reported to the government Veterinary Officer of the area.
4. The containers and receptacles in which the semen is transported, as well as all insemination apparatus used must be disinfected to the satisfaction of the government veterinarian concerned.
5. This permit is valid for one consignment only.
6. The original certificate must accompany the semen in transit and copies forwarded to the Director of Veterinary Services, PO Box CY66, Causeway, Zimbabwe

Other requirements

Centre veterinarian declaration

A declaration by the Artificial Insemination Centre (AIC) veterinarian is requi​​red for assessment of this export.

This template (DOCX 37 KB | PDF 44 KB) provides the format for the Centre veterinarian declaration (CVD) for the export of equine semen to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Basis of Micor entry

Based on an import permit issued in February 2022.

Entry last reviewed 11 March 2022.

Latest updates

24/01/2023 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 18/05/2023 1:59 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:41 PM