AWA Inspection and Annual Reports

AWA Inspection and Annual Reports

USDA Animal Care(AC) inspectors conduct routine, unannounced inspections of all entities licensed/registered by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Animal Care(AC) personnel perform two major types of inspections: pre-licensing inspections and unannounced compliance inspections. In addition to routine inspections, AC inspectors follow up on complaints from the public regarding regulated facilities, including reports that facilities are conducting regulated activity without an Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license or registration. AC personnel conduct unannounced compliance inspections at the facilities of all licensees and registrants to ensure that they are operating in compliance with the AWA. Inspectors review the premises, facilities, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care, records, and animal handling procedures. According to the AWA, research facilities that use animals covered under the Act are inspected at least once a year for compliance.

Inspection Reports

Are you seeking an inspection report for a particular entity?

Animal Care(AC) make inspection reports available 28 days after the inspection is finalized. If a facility appeals the report, we will make it available once the appeal has been settled. We keep inspection reports online for three years.

Please Note: Today, March 10, 2017, APHIS is posting the 2010-2013 annual reports for certain research facilities the Agency regulates under the Animal Welfare Act. Since February 17, APHIS has posted such reports for 2000-2009 and 2013-2015. The reports posted here are part of a comprehensive review of the documents the Agency removed from its website in early February and are in the same redacted form as before. APHIS expects it may be several weeks before it will be prepared to issue its next update.

To conduct the review, the entire agency search tool database was taken off line. As announced on Feb. 7, 2017, the agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.

APHIS is committed to ensuring the welfare of 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.

In addition, some enforcement records (such as initial decision and orders, default decisions, and consent decisions) will continue to be available on the USDA’s Office of Administrative Law Judge’s website.    

Inspection Reports by License/Registration Type & State:

  • Agriculture Research Facility (ARS)
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  • Breeder
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  • Carrier
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  • Dealer
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  • Exhibitor
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  • Federal Research Facility (FRF)
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  • Intermediate Handler
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  • Registered Exhibitor
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  • Research Facility
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  • Veterans Administration Hospital
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Annual Reports of Research Facility

Are you seeking an annual report for a particular research facility?

Each research facility must submit an annual report to USDA Animal Care each year. These reports contain the numbers and types of animals used for research purposes during a particular year.

Annual Reports by Year & State:

  • 2015
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  • 2014
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  • 2013
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