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.

USDA Posts the Latest Horse Protection Act Enforcement Information
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:58
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

To more efficiently share Horse Protection Act (HPA) information, USDA Animal Care is using the USDA/APHIS Stakeholder Registry to periodically alert you when we post our enforcement activities.

The following link contains individuals that we have recently disqualified under the Horse Protection Act: (This disqualification list is also attached to this message as a .pdf file.)

While under federal disqualification, a person is prohibited from showing, exhibiting or entering any horse – directly or indirectly – through any agent, employee or other device. Disqualification also prohibits an individual from judging, managing or otherwise participating in any horse show/exhibition/sale/auction.

We will continue to do all we can to make the cruel and inhumane practice of soring horses a thing of the past. For more information, please visit our Horse Protection Program webpage:

At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do

• DQ and Penalty List - as of Sept 11, 2015.pdf

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:07
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The document provides information to purveyors of USDA-regulated animals as to whether USDA requires those individuals to be licensed under the Animal Welfare Act or if they are exempt from licensing. It contains questions and answers that we hope will serve as a helpful reference. Covered topics include: USDA compliance inspections; applying for a USDA license; exempt sales; shipping dogs; and importing dogs for resale or adoption.

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:40
DHHS. NIH. NIEHS. National Toxicology Program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its guidance document describing a non-animal testing scheme for assessing eye irritation potential of EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning products. The testing scheme uses the bovine corneal opacity and permeability, EpiOcular, and cytosensor microphysiometer assays to identify antimicrobial cleaning product Toxicity Category I, II, and III eye irritants.

Download the guidance from the EPA website
Get general information about pesticide registration

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)


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 ( 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

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 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 Registration closes September 12.


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; 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 for more information.


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 by September 26; a small number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. More information is available at

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.

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.