About Animal Care

Animal Care’s Purpose


Animal Care is a program under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Our purpose is to:

To achieve this purpose, we work every day to build relationships with and services for the regulated community, partners, and stakeholders, and to promote the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of our program.  We do this by providing:


Excellent customer service, including timely review of applications; responsive and courteous handling of customer inquiries and complaints; and fair and equitable inspections and review of appeals of inspection findings, public complaints and other alleged violations, and comments on rulemakings.

Learning opportunities to support humane animal care and use, including practical tips and aids, webinars, symposia, presentations at conferences and meetings, stakeholder messages, and science-based research.

Quality inspections and guidance to support the regulated community in understanding the regulatory requirements, gaining an accurate picture of their compliance status, and working through compliance challenges to ensure humane animal care and use.

Assistance for regulated facilities seeking personalized help with compliance challenges and for people and animals in disasters.

Animal Care At-A-Glance