USDA Releases Guidance Documents on Animal Health
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the Animal Welfare Act, which sets standards for the humane care and treatment of animals used in research. USDA Animal Care has developed two Tech Notes for Animal Welfare Act licensees and registrants to help improve adherence to animal welfare standards.
- “Incentives for Identifying, Reporting, Correcting, and Preventing Noncompliance with the Animal Welfare Act” describes resources available to help facilities address compliance challenges.
- “Daily Observation” provides helpful tips and spotlights best practices used in daily observation of animals to assess health and well-being.
Publication of the two Tech Notes was announced in a December 15 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service bulletin. The recent Tech Notes and other publications relevant to animal welfare are available on the USDA Animal Health website.