Animal Care is often asked by regulated and non-regulated stakeholders and industry partners to take the lead and provide guidance on animal welfare issues. The program is now poised to more completely fulfill its leadership role with the APHIS Center for Animal Welfare (Center).
In collaboration with other animal welfare entities, the Center creates a diverse network of partners and experts to serve as the national resource for: policy development and analysis; education and outreach; and science and technology in support of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The Center partners with experts domestically and internationally to provide accurate, unbiased, science-based information to stakeholders and industry partners.
The Center opened in the fall of 2010 and is located in Kansas City, Missouri. Martha Keller, DVM, MS, DACAW, serves as its director.
The Center also has a team of Specialists with expertise in a wide range of animal species as well as training.
The Center and its Specialists are available to provide best-practices advice not only to Animal Care but also to: federal agencies, stakeholders, cooperatives, state and local government, and other countries. They have and will continue to provide leadership on the safety and well-being of animals during emergency preparedness and response.
Ongoing and still to come are efforts to provide leadership and current information on the latest in animal welfare science and technology and analyze animal care-related policies. The Center will probe the crossroads where science and policy meet.