Spotlights


An archive of AWIC Web pages and publication Spotlights previously featured on our Home page.



Dogs - Canine Models in Biomedical Research, 1990-2009

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

An adjunct resource to the previously published Information Resources on the Care and Welfare of Dogs, March 2008 publication. It is intended for basic researchers, biomedical researchers, veterinarians, and technicians, that wish to explore the scientific published literature on canines used as models of human disease, testing of new medical technologies, drug screening, and basic science discovery.


Close-up of a male lion Big Cats, 2009

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This bibliography pertain to the health, care and housing of big cats. This information will be of use to research facilities, zoos, circuses and conservation programs to assist them in the care, breeding, husbandry and conservation of these beautiful animals.


Zebrafish Zebrafish, 2010 (PDF | 8.55MB)

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the housing, husbandry, health, welfare of zebrafish and its use as a biomedical model.


Ferrets, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Provides a comprehensive view of the literature published on the care, housing, health, welfare, etc. of ferrets.


Logo for the 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences

The 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences: Calling on Science will take place in Rome, Italy August 20-September 3, 2009.


Dogs, 2008

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the housing, husbandry, health and welfare of dogs.


rat Rodents, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This information resource was developed to help researchers provide better conditions for their animals and their research, and to assist in complying with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.


Ferrets, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This publication updates Information Resources on Ferrets, 1991-2002 and involves a search multiple databases for the time period 2003-2006. The publication is broken into 26 different subject groups for easier searching and includes items for domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) and black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). Some of the references may be listed in more than one group depending on the topics addressed in the article. Selected Web sites are included in a separate chapter.


CAST Food-Animal Agriculture Symposium (PDF | 24.5MB)

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues -- Recognizing the fact that food-animal agriculture is rapidly evolving through inputs from diverse sectors, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed and hosted a symposium for discussion of these issues. Titled Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues, the meeting was held on June 8 - 10, 2010 at the Jefferson Auditorium, South Agriculture Building, Washington, D. C.


Images of a dog and a cat GAO Report: USDA's Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats

Government Accountability Office.

Results and recommendations from a GAO study of USDA's oversight of Class B dealers.


Boxer dog Pet Food Regulation

US Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA regulates the can of cat food, bag of dog food, or box of dog treats or snacks in your pantry. Learn about recalls and how to report a complaint.


GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.


Ship at dock. GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.


Gray horse Horses, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the housing, husbandry and welfare of horses.


Rhesus monkeys grooming Environmental Enrichment for Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide, 2014

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliographic resource on nonhuman primate enrichment, including relevant web links, organizations, and product information.


CAST Food-Animal Agriculture Symposium (PDF | 24.5MB)

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues--Recognizing the fact that food-animal agriculture is rapidly evolving through inputs from diverse sectors, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed and hosted a symposium for discussion of these issues. Titled Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues, the meeting was held on June 8 - 10, 2010 at the Jefferson Auditorium, South Agriculture Building, Washington, D. C.


ICCVAM logo hand drawing of the earth and the sun. ICCVAM Recommendations to Provide for More Humane Eye Safety Testing (PDF | 149KB)

Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)

Four test method evaluation reports are now available that provide recommendations for performing eye safety testing more humanely and for developing and using non-animal test methods and strategies.


Sketch of man at computer Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A one and half day workshop for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.


Veterinarian looking closely at a cat Spaying and Neutering Cats, Dogs and Related Wildlife, 2009

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Provides a comprehensive view of the literature published on the broad topic of spaying and neutering cats and dogs.


Images of a dog and a cat GAO Report: USDA's Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats

Government Accountability Office.

The September 2010 results and recommendations from a GAO study of USDA's oversight of Class B dealers, suggesting that the oversight would benefit from additional management information and analysis.


Animal Care agency logo Licensing and Registration Under the Animal Welfare Act

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

Who must be licensed or registered with the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act? Is a business already licensed or registered? Where can you request an application kit? Find out on this page.


A blue songbird West Nile Virus, 2007

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the West Nile virus.


GAO Report: Horse Welfare - Domestic Slaughter, 2011 (PDF | 3.5MB)

Government Accountability Office.

Congress directed GAO to examine horse welfare since cessation of domestic slaughter in 2007. The study was completed and published June 22, 2011. Highlights Page (PDF | 73.7KB) Full Report (PDF | 3.5MB)


Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Update of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

National Research Council.

Updated 2010 - Provides information that will enhance animal well-being, the quality of biomedical research, and the advancement of biologic knowledge that is relevant to humans or animals.


Animal Welfare Information Center logo Animal Welfare Information Center Bulletin Summer 2008

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Use of Databases, Information Centers and Guidelines When Planning Animal Research, Congressional Activity, Equine Welfare Issues, Farm Bill Update, Military Working Dogs, 3Rs News, USDA News, Humane Endpoints, Poultry Welfare Issues, Dogfighting Investigation, AWIC Workshops, Meetings, Conferences, New on the Web, and New Publications.


The Unwanted Horse Issue: What Now?, 2008 (PDF | 5.80MB)

USDA. NIFA. Plant and Animal Systems.

The purpose of the forum was to try to identify the current circumstances surrounding "unwanted horses," whether there are such horses, and if there are, how many there are, the causes of their being unwanted, and the possible solutions and available options to help them.


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