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Animal Care Publications and Policy

Animal Welfare Act, Regulations, and Standards

Animal Welfare Act (text)

Animal Care Regulations:
(Up-to-date as of 4/25/2001)

Animal Welfare Act Summary (Text or Pdf)

2000 Report on the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia

report in pdf format

Fact Sheets (one or two page summaries)

  • Questions and Answers about Authority (text or pdf)
  • A New Era in Animal Welfare (text or pdf)
  • The Animal Welfare Act Factsheet (Text or Pdf)
  • Compliance Inspections (Text or Pdf)
  • Dealers (Text or Pdf)
  • Animal Exhibitors (Text or Pdf)
  • Safeguarding Pets (Text or Pdf)
  • Traveling by Air With Your Pet (Text or Pdf)

Animal Care Manuals

  • Animal Care's Policy Manual (Pdf)
  • Dealer Inspection Manual (Pdf)
  • Research Manual (Pdf)

Animal Care Reports

Annual Reports of Enforcement
by Fiscal Year

2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
1992 1991 1990 1989 1988
1987
1986 1985 1984 1983
1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
1977 1976 1975 1974 1973
(pdf files)

Violation Summaries

Innovative Enforcement Efforts -- Full Report for 1998 (Text)

Environment Enrichment for Non Human Primates (Text)

Animal Care Industry Reports:

Facility Lists (Updated July 14, 2004)

Tech Notes
  • Ensuring Adequate Veterinary Care
    (Text) or (Pdf)
  • Understanding Compliance Inspections(Pdf)
  • Letter to Licensees and Registrants concerning findings noted on inspection reports (Text)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

  • IACUC one page checklist (Pdf)
  • IACUC survey (Pdf)
Elephant Documents
  • Guidelines for the Control of Tuberculosis in Elephants - 2003 (pdf)
  • Elephant Necropsy Protocol - 2003 (pdf)
  • Elephant Research and Tissue Request Protocol - 2003(pdf)
Marine Mammal Information
  • Sterilization of Marine Mammal
    Pool Waters (Pdf)
  • Handling Fish Fed to
    Fish-Eating Animals (Text)
Exotic Cats

Position Statement on the ownership of Large Exotic Cats (Text) or (Pdf)

Handling Frozen/Thawed Meat and Prey Items Fed to Captive Exotic Animals (pdf)

Traveling With Your Pet
  • USDA Color Brochure: (text or Pdf)
  • View USDA Public Service Film on Pet air transportation
  • USDA Traveling By Air With Your Pet Fact Sheet (text or Pdf)
  • Air Transport Association (ATA) information pertaining to animal travel.
  • International Airline Transportation Association information pertaining to animal travel.
  • State Regulations on Animal Import:(go to page)
  • USDA/APHIS State Offices
    (certain countries require Government officials to sign health certificate)
  • International Regulations on Animal Import:(go to page)
  • The CDC's requirements on importing your pet.
  • APHIS Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) of animals and animal products
License and Registration Information
  • Licensing and Registration
    Under the AWA (text)

Farm Animal

Farm Animal Guidelines Proposed Notice (Pdf)

Rats, Mice, and Birds

  • ARDF Petition: (text) (Pdf)
  • Animal Care Settlement (text)
  • Congress Directive in Appropriations Bill (text)
  • 2002 Farm Bill Language on Rats, Mice, and Birds -- the Senator Helms Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (text) or (pdf)

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