United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Please Note: On June 16, 2017: APHIS
is posting Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that
occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for
the Animal Care Inspection System on Feb. 3, 2017, while the Agency conducts a
comprehensive review of the information on its website. The newly posted
inspection reports involve inspections that occurred between April 22 and
May 19, 2017. As part of the comprehensive review of information, APHIS
is continuing to closely review animal inventories that accompany inspection
reports. For this reason, the newly posted inspection reports do not
include animal inventories, though APHIS intends to make information regarding
animal inventories available again in the future.
with the agency’s procedures for allowing time to consider and incorporate
additional information, as appropriate, developed during appeals of inspection
findings, inspections that occurred after May 19, 2017, are not yet ready for
release. Inspection reports, as well as research facility annual reports, are located here.
APHIS is committed to ensuring the welfare of regulated animals and continues to carry out the critical day-to-day work of ensuring the humane treatment of vulnerable animals through unannounced inspections, pre-compliance visits, horse protection inspections, and other activities.
APHIS, during the past year, has conducted a comprehensive review of the information it posts on its website for the general public to view. To conduct the review, the entire agency search tool database, along with additional documents, was taken off line. As a result of this review, APHIS has removed certain personal information from APHIS’ website involving the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act. APHIS recently reposted certain inspection reports and research facility annual reports that were determined to be appropriate for reposting. Once a month, we also publicly post a list of our licensees/registrants that are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. Here is the link: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/SA_Regulated_Businesses. On that webpage, please click on List of Persons Licensed or
Registered under the AWA to see the up-to-date list. Finally, some enforcement records (such as initial decision and orders, default decisions, and consent decisions) continue to be available on the USDA’s Office of Administrative Law Judge’s website.
The agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting. Those seeking information from APHIS regarding inspection reports not currently posted to the website, regulatory correspondence, and enforcement related matters may submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for that information. FOIA requests can be submitted here: https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/. Records will be released when authorized and in a manner consistent with the FOIA and Privacy Act. Also, consistent with recent amendments to the FOIA, if the same records are frequently requested records under the FOIA, and are subject to release under the FOIA and Privacy Act, APHIS will post the appropriately redacted versions to its website.
International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States are completed by the accredited veterinarian who certifies herd and animal health status, conducts tests, and records test results for the individual animals being exported. Completed and signed international health certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office in order to be valid.
The United States has minimal requirements for animals to be exported to other countries. Your Area Veterinarian-in-Charge can provide you with the current regulations, tests, and inspections required. Approved ports of embarkation and shipping requirements can be found in Program handbook. Each country may have other specific health requirements for entry of animals. These requirements are established by the importing country, not the United States. Other countries may also have their own certificate format for export. Since export requirements frequently change, obtain the current export requirements from the Veterinary Service office in your area before each shipment. Do not rely solely on information provided by brokers and exporters. Export certificates are official documents and they should be typewritten, accurate, and complete.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the Veterinary Services service center in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the Veterinary Services service centercovering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).