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APHIS Guidance Documents Under Executive Order 13891

This APHIS Guidance Portal implements Executive Order (EO) 13891 of October 9, 2019, “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents,” and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) implementing memorandum M-20-02 (PDF, 5.8 MB) of October 31, 2019.

The documents contained on this page represent all Agency guidance determined to fall within the scope of the Executive Order regarding the content of this page.  As such, they are non-binding recommendations and lack the force and effect of law.  The Agency will not cite, use, or rely on any such guidance document that is not contained on this page, except to establish historical facts.

If you believe a document on this page is being used with the force or effect of law, or that a guidance document within the scope of the Executive Order is not present on this page, please contact Ben Kaczmarski, Chief, APHIS Regulatory Analysis and Development staff, at  Benjamin.Kaczmarski@usda.gov.

Name

Document number

Issuance date

Description

Proper Giraffe Care in Cold Weather

APHIS-GD-XXXX-0001

Not dated

This document notes that giraffes are highly susceptible to cold temperatures and that the optimal ambient temperature near a giraffe’s body is 65 degrees or higher, measured at the mid-chest level of the giraffe. 

Guidelines for Surveillance of Bovine Tuberculosis in Wildlife

APHIS-GD-2011-0001

June 2011

This manual includes recommendations for conducting TB surveillance in wildlife in areas where bovine TB has been detected in a dairy, beef, or captive cervid herds. The main objective of the surveillance strategies described is to determine whether bovine TB is present in wildlife or on surrounding infected premises. 

Center for Veterinary Biologics Notice No. 12-09

APHIS-GD-2012-0001

May 2, 2012

Provides guidance regarding the licensing process for products designed primarily for use as Preharvest Food Safety Interventions. 

APHIS Recommendation for Best Management Practices for Authorized Field Trials of Regulated Herbicide-Resistant Crops

APHIS-GD-2014-0001

October 15, 2014

This document provides recommendations for the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) to delay or mitigate evolution of herbicide resistance, with authorizations for regulated releases of genetically engineered crops. 

Best Practices for Brucella Canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities

 

APHIS-GD-2015-0001

October 2015

This 16-page booklet contains a compilation of best practices for the management of brucellosis in dog breeding kennels to serve as a guide for veterinarians and their clients and help bring consistency and clarity to the diagnosis, prevention and management of brucellosis infections in kennels. 

Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS)  Modules

APHIS-GD-2017-0001

January 18, 2017

This document provides developers of GE organisms/regulated entities with a process for developing a quality management system to enhance compliance with APHIS regulations found at 7 CFR 340.

Monitoring for Periodontal Disease (PD) in Dogs

APHIS-GD-2018-0001

June 2018

This document provides advice on how to monitor a dog's teeth and gums for periodontal disease.

Preventive Care for Periodontal

Disease (PD) in Dogs

APHIS-GD-2018-0002

June 2018

This document provides advice on preventive care options for periodontal disease in dogs. 

Coat Care:  Preventing Matted Hair

APHIS-GD-2018-0003

June 2018

This document provides advice on why preventing matted hair in dogs is important, where mats are most likely to found, and how to prevent them. 

Bear Nutrition and Winter Lethargy

APHIS-GD-2018-0004

October 2018

This document provides advice on seasonal nutrition in bears and the importance of foraging. 

Bear Husbandry and Habitat

APHIS-GD-2018-0005

October 2018

This document provides advice on appropriate habitats for bears, including (but not limited to) opportunities to dig, climb, swim, and den. 

Bear Veterinary Care

 

APHIS-GD-2018-0006

October 2018

This document provides advice on veterinary care for bears, including (but not limited to) advice regarding common issues such as skin disease, broken teeth, arthritis, and intestinal parasites. 

Environmental Enrichment for Bears

APHIS-GD-2018-0007

October 2018

This document provides advice on why bears need enrichment and suggestions for providing it. 

Options for Meeting Social Needs of Primates

APHIS-GD-2018-0008

October 2018

This document provides advice on how to meet the social needs of primates. 

Primates: Natural Social Groupings and Compatibility

APHIS-GD-2018-0009

October 2018

This document provides advice on the natural social groupings for various species of primates.  Understanding the natural social groupings will improve a facility's success in setting up social housing groups that are compatible.  

Supporting Natural Behaviors in Primates

APHIS-GD-2018-0010

October 2018

This document provides advice on providing environmental enrichment that is successful because it supports the natural behaviors of a primate species. 

Primates: Special Needs of Infants and Young Juveniles

APHIS-GD-2018-0011

October 2018

This document provides advice on meeting the needs of infant and juvenile primates. 

Special Needs of Primates Showing Signs of  Psychological Distress

APHIS-GD-2018-0012

October 2018

This document provides advice on recognizing the signs of psychological distress in primates and the factors that may help to relieve that distress. 

Special Needs of Primates with Research Restrictions

APHIS-GD-2018-0013

October 2018

This document provides advice on meeting the needs of primates when flexibility to meet those needs is restricted by the requirements of a research protocol. 

Special Needs of Primates

Unable To See or Hear Other Primates

APHIS-GD-2018-0014

October 2018

This document provides advice on meeting the social needs of primates who cannot see or hear other primates. 

Primates: Special Needs of Great Apes

APHIS-GD-2018-0015

October 2018

This document provides advice on the natural behaviors to consider when addressing the needs of great apes. 

Semi-Aquatic Animals

APHIS-GD-2018-0016

October 2018

This document provides advice on providing appropriate aquatic and dry areas in enclosures where semi-aquatic animals are being held.

Mammals That Fly or Glide

APHIS-GD-2019-0017

October 2018

This document provides advice on providing space and facilities to allow flying, gliding, roosting, and climbing for mammals that fly or glide.  

Feeding Nondomestic Cats

APHIS-GD-2019-0001

April 2019

This document provides advice on the factors to be considered in providing a healthy diet for nondomestic cats. 

Metabolic Bone Disease in Nondomestic Cats

APHIS-GD-2019-0002

April 2019

This document provides advice on diagnosing and preventing metabolic bone disease (weak bones) in nondomestic cats.

Tips and Calculations: Adding Calcium to Boneless Meat Diets for Nondomestic Cats

APHIS-GD-2019-0003

April 2019

This document provides advice on adding different types of calcium to boneless meat diets for nondomestic cats, and it suggests consulting with a knowledgeable veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist to ensure such supplementation is optimally provided. 

Enrichment Devices for Primates

APHIS-GD-2019-0004

June 2019

This document provides advice on the provision of enrichment devices that are interesting for primates. 

Maternal Stress and Puppy Development

APHIS-GD-2019-0005

June 2019

This document provides advice on why and how to prevent stress in pregnant dogs. 

Early Rearing Environment

APHIS-GD-2019-0006

June 2019

This document provides advice on a puppy's first 3 weeks of life, why a supportive environment is important for normal puppy development, and how to provide such an environment. 

Socialization

APHIS-GD-2019-0007

June 2019

This document provides advice on why socialization is important for dogs, when it should occur, and how to accomplish it. 

Identifying Healthy and Unhealthy Skin in Dogs

APHIS-GD-2019-0008

June 2019

This document provides advice on how to identify healthy and unhealthy skin in dogs. 

Common Skin Disorders in Dogs

APHIS-GD-2019-0009

June 2019

This document provides advice on recognizing common skin disorders in dogs. 

Keeping Animals Safe During Emergencies

APHIS-GD-2019-0010

August 2019

This document provides advice on how to make plans to keep animals safe during emergencies. 

Inspection Guidelines for Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

APHIS-GD-2019-0011

November 14, 2019

This document provides inspection guidelines for Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). 

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