AVMA animal welfare principles
The AVMA, as a medical authority for the health and welfare of animals, offers the following eight integrated principles for developing and evaluating…
Animal welfare: Food & fiber animals
This page provides access to a variety of resources that can help you make a positive difference in the lives of food and fiber animals.
Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act
This bill will remove the exemption for farm animals used in agricultural research at federal facilities under the Animal Welfare Act
Welfare Implications of Electroimmobilization
Electroimmobilization is the use of electrical current to restrain conscious animals by causing paralysis.
At odds over welfare
AASV leaders expressed frustration about what they perceive as a growing rift with the AVMA over animal welfare issues.
Welfare Implications of Swine Castration
Peer-reviewed summary for veterinarians of scientific literature related to the welfare implications of swine castration.
Measuring and applying welfare
Dr. Sarah Probst Miller teaches farm employees how to improve their interactions with pigs, and says that her teaching philosophy s
Voters in Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas cast ballots on animal welfare issues
Florida voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that prohibits the confinement or tethering of pregnant pigs
USDA cancels organic welfare rules
Federal agriculture authorities canceled pending rules that would have expanded animal welfare rules in organic production.
Welfare Implications of Hot-Iron Branding and Its Alternatives
Peer-reviewed summary of the scientific literature related to the welfare implications of hot iron branding and its alternatives.
Welfare Implications of Gestation Sow Housing
Sows can be kept in different types of housing during pregnancy, and each has advantages and disadvantages.
Veterinarians continue discussing swine welfare
AASV annual meeting also addressesissue of antimicrobial usage
Straw, hay required for pigs under new UK welfare regulations
New animal welfare regulations adopted in the United Kingdom require farmers to provide pigs with permanent access
Speakers tackle controversy surrounding swine welfare assessments
Veterinary assessments and monitoring can be important tools for improving the welfare of swine.
Welfare Implications of Teeth Clipping, Tail Docking and Permanent Identification of Piglets
Peer-reviewed summary of scientific literature related to the welfare implications of teeth clipping, tail docking and permanent identification of…
Livestock identification and animal traceability
The AVMA believes that permanent, unique identification of animals and premises is essential for tracing origin and destination of all livestock,
Another ballot initiative increases housing size for farm animals
As consumers demand to know more about the origin of their foods, the trend toward less-restrictive housing for farm animals has accelerated in recent…
AHA certification covers nearly 1 billion farm animals
The number of animals living on farms certified by the American Humane Association Certified program quintupled
The veterinarian’s role in supporting appropriate selection and use of service, assistance and therapy animals
Service, assistance and therapy animals provide help, support, and comfort for people. Veterinarians have a role in assisting in selecting the right…
FSMA Proposed Rule to Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Food for Animals
AVMA comments on Federal Register Notice Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Food for…
Pressure from above
Animal welfare is improving as buyers pressure suppliers to meet standards and to participate in audit and education programs.
Diseases, outreach top issues for AASV president
Dr. Michelle L. Sprague said two viral diseases deadly to pigs and animal welfare debates are the top challenges for swine veterinarians.
Gillespie to lead AASV as president
Dr. Tom Gillespie, president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, says the biggest challenge facing the swine industry is animal…
Pork companies want changes in pig housing, handling
Two of the nation’s largest pork companies, are asking that suppliers make changes intended to improve pig welfare.
Depopulation refers to the large-scale rapid destruction of multiple animals in response to an emergency situation.