Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans

Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2006-0159] Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. We are proposing these requirements because we believe all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act in an effort to better prepare for potential disasters. This action would heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.

Background Documents:

Review AVMA's response to Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans (PDF)

View Federal Register document (PDF)


AVMA responded on December 9, 2008