Feline Conservation Federation


Virginia Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230

State Web Site: http://www.virginia.gov/
Department Website: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/ 

Short Summary: Does not allow pet possession of wild felines.

Must be USDA licensed as a Class B broker or C Exhibitor or have scientific or educational purposes. Must have import permit before animals can enter this state. USDA licensed persons are automatically granted an import permit, but must notify state 24 hours in advance of intention to import, and FAX a copy of their current license or registration prior to receiving new animals.

In 2011, Virginia passed new requirements for imported animals. 

In 2013, Virginia passed a new law to create a permit for teachers displaying wildlife for educational purposes.

Virginia (SB 413) Effective 7/1/2014 A law passed allowing those with a state permit to provide care for native wildlife without being considered practicing veterinary medicine.