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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

AWA Inspection and Annual Reports

USDA Animal Care inspectors conduct routine, unannounced inspections of all entities licensed/registered under the Animal Welfare Act. Inspectors conduct three types of inspections: 1) pre-licensing inspections, to make sure the applicant can meet the federal standards prior to being licensed/registered; 2) routine, unannounced compliance inspections of all entities to make sure they are adhering to the federal standards and regulations; and 3) focused inspections based upon public complaints or allegations of unlicensed activities. During routine inspections, USDA reviews the premises, records, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care and animal handling procedures to ensure the animals are receiving humane care. The frequency of inspections is based on several factors – including an entity’s compliance history. USDA inspects research facilities that use regulated animals at least once a year.

Inspection Reports

Are you seeking an inspection report for a particular entity?

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. 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: 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.    

Inspection Reports by License/Registration Type & State:

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

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
  • 2014
  • 2013
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