Animal Welfare Information Center News Feed


The Animal Welfare Information Center News Feed pulls together news items related to animal health, behavior and welfare. It also provides information on new AWIC publications and changes to the AWIC Web site.



Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:45
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a petition received from an animal welfare stakeholder requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations. As authorized by Congress, and delegated by the Secretary of Agriculture, APHIS enforces the Animal Welfare Act. The AWA requires, among other things, the humane handling, care, treatment and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, operators of auction sales, carriers, and intermediate handlers.

Currently, the AWA requires registered research facilities to appoint an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which is comprised of a minimum of three people and is required to perform certain functions to ensure that the facility is in compliance with the AWA. One of these functions is to review all proposed activities involving animals that occur at the facility, as well as any significant changes to ongoing activities. If research is going to involve procedures that cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress to an animal, the regulations require that the researchers submit a proposal to the IACUC that includes a written description of the methods and sources used to determine that alternatives to those procedures were not available.

The petition requests that APHIS define the term “alternatives,” clarify the existing definition of “painful procedure,” and then establish standards governing the consideration of alternatives at registered research facilities.

This notice was published in yesterday’s Federal Register. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before May 29, 2015. Please send your postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0050, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. To submit a comment using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS_FRDOC_0001-1757

Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov website and may also be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call 202-799-7039.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 15:32
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 03/10/2015 07:32 PM EDT

USDA Animal Care has created a tech note for commercial breeders and dealers who use cage cards to satisfy recordkeeping requirements and/or identify their puppies and kittens.

Animal Welfare Act regulations require USDA-licensed breeders and dealers to keep records on all dogs and cats in their possession. For puppies and kittens under 16 weeks of age, we allow breeders and dealers to maintain these records on APHIS Form 7005 (Record of Acquisition of Dogs and Cats on Hand) or on cage cards placed on the animals’ primary enclosure.

For those breeders and dealers who prefer using cage cards, this new tech note will explain what information is needed on the cards, how long the cards should be kept and where they should be located.

We've posted posted the tech note here on our website.


AOP Workshop Abstract Deadline, PBPK Modeling Course, USDA Training on Alternatives, ASCCT Annual Meeting
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)

ADVERSE OUTCOME PATHWAY WORKSHOP: ABSTRACTS AND APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINEE TRAVEL SUPPORT DUE JULY 25

Scientific poster abstracts for the upcoming workshop “Adverse Outcome Pathways: From Research to Regulation” are due by close of business on Friday, July 25. Posters should address how adverse outcome pathways may be developed or used (i) to predict toxic effects in humans or ecological systems or (ii) to improve regulatory assessment of chemical toxicity. Posters that address related issues or topics may be considered as space allows. Applications for travel support by students or postdoc presenters are also due July 25.

Submit poster abstracts and applications for travel support by email to Michael Paris (paris@niehs.nih.gov). The corresponding author will be notified of an abstract’s acceptance and provided with guidelines for poster presentation by August 4. Travel support awardees will be notified by August 5. Information on abstract submission, travel support competition, and links to registration are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/41374.

The workshop will be held September 3-5 at the William H. Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It is open to the public free of charge with attendance limited only by the space available. The plenary sessions of the workshop will be webcast. Individuals who plan to attend in person or view the webcast should register by August 15.

THE HAMNER INSTITUTES TO OFFER COURSE ON PBPK MODELING IN SEPTEMBER

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is offering a one-week course on the principles of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and the application of this technique in risk assessment, drug development, in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), and estimation of exposures from human biomonitoring data. The course features comprehensive lectures and extensive hands-on computer modeling practice. Students completing this course can earn up to 30 hours of American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance credit.

The course will be offered September 22-26 at the Hamner Institutes in Research Triangle Park, NC. More information and a link to registration are available at http://www.thehamner.org/about-the-hamner/education-training/pbpk-modeling/. Registration closes September 12.

USDA OFFERS TRAINING ON SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVES

USDA’s Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) holds free workshops at the National Agricultural Library to help researchers explore alternatives to procedures that may cause pain or distress to their animals. Training is targeted to principal investigators, IACUC members, administrators of animal use programs, veterinarians, librarians, and other information specialists. The workshops provide an overview of relevant topics and resources, instruction on the use of existing databases and websites, and hands-on practice conducting online database searches.

Registration is open for the next workshop, which takes place Nov. 12-14, 2014. Registration is available at http://awic.nal.usda.gov/awic-workshop-registration; workshops are limited to 20 participants.

AWIC staff members are also available to also to provide training at your institution or conduct training via webinar. Please contact AWIC at 301-504-6212 or at awic@ars.usda.gov for more information.

THIRD ASCCT ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 12

The theme of the third Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology is “Where Chemistry and Biology Meet: AOPs as a Framework for Advancing Toxicology.” Dr. Robert Kavlock, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science and interim Science Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will deliver a plenary lecture on adverse outcome pathways. Other invited speakers will discuss computational toxicity tools based on AOPs for liver toxicity and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge initiative.

The meeting will be held November 12th in the National Library of Medicine Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Registration is $75 and includes lunch and a reception. Abstracts for poster presentations should be submitted to ASCCT secretary Kristie Sullivan at KSullivan@ascctox.org by September 26; a small number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. More information is available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9dcj6fsa877545d&llr=pbddrfdab.


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 13:22
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is continuing to move swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations. As part of its effort to make its actions transparent and accessible to the public, APHIS is highlighting enforcement actions taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA).


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:31
USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

Taking on an adult grizzly bear or a pack of wolves is a lot to ask of a livestock protection dog, but it’s a task they willingly take to protect their herds from predation. For centuries, livestock protection dogs have helped ranchers protect livestock from coyotes, feral dogs, foxes, and mountain lions. Without them, thousands of sheep, lambs, and calves would be killed or injured each year.

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/a7b7ed


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:27
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

USDA Animal Care has revised its factsheet entitled Questions and Answers: Regulation of Dog/Cat Breeders and Dealers.

This factsheet provides information that we hope you find useful, including: 1) the types of dog/cat breeders and dealers regulated under the Animal Welfare Act; 2) the standards of care required by USDA; and 3) USDA’s role in the commercial transport of dogs/cats.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/content/printable_version/faq_animal_dealers.pdf