AWA Inspection and Annual Reports

AWA Inspection and Annual Reports

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?

USDA inspectors conduct routine, unannounced inspections of all entities licensed/registered by the Animal Welfare Act. We 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.

Each of the links below shows relevant Animal Welfare Act Inspection Reports information by License/Registration Type and State.          

Please note: Today, February 24, 2017, APHIS is posting the inspection reports for registrants (including certain research facilities, and intermediate handlers and carriers that move animals) the Agency regulates under the Animal Welfare Act. The reposted information can be found on our website,  here.. As announced on Feb. 7, 2017, the agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.

On Feb. 17, 2017, APHIS posted the first batch of annual reports of research institutions and inspection reports for certain Federal research facilities that the Agency regulates under the Animal Welfare Act. The reports posted 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. The reposted information can be found on our website, here. As announced on Feb. 7, 2017, the agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.

Inspection Reports by License/Registration Type & State
  • Agriculture Research Facility (ARS)
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  • Carrier
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  • Federal Research Facility (FRF)
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  • Intermediate Handler
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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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