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Animal Welfare Information Center

The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, and teaching. 

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3Rs Symposium

A selection of presentations from a symposium that was co-hosted by the USDA, AWIC; NIH, OLAW; the Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, and CAAT.

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Meeting the Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act Workshop

AWIC provides training on how to effectively search the literature for 3Rs alternatives.

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Animal Welfare Act (AWA)

Sets standards for the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers.

Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection

Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection (AWAHDC)

The AWAHDC contains U.S. Government publications that fall into three categories: Legislative, Regulatory and USDA publications.

Chemist Joyce Foster extracts chemicals to determine which plants are safe, palatable, and nutritious for livestock.   Photo by Scott Bauer.

3Rs Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for the Replacement, Refinement or Reduction of the use of animals in scientific research or testing.

AWIC Newsletter

Sign Up for AWIC’s Monthly Newsletter

Newsletter topics include: The Animal Welfare Act, new 3Rs methods, literature searching tips, upcoming trainings and workshops, and more!

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  • Environmental Enrichment For Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide - 2021 (PDF) . USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC).  Updated bibliography on environmental enrichment, social housing, training, and abnormal behavior in nonhuman primates.
  • AWIC Database Search Operator Reference Guide (PDF). USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). This guide shows you how to use specific proximity, truncation, and Boolean operators to search Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, and other popular databases.
  • Alternatives Literature Search Request Form (PDF). USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). AWIC released a new request form to use when submitting a literature search request to the AWIC team. 
  • Paint Your Pet’s Behavior. USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). AWIC partnered with the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) AgLab team to provide kids and teens with a creative way to learn about different animal behaviors through drawing and painting!
  • Pet Behavior Matching Game. USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). In collaboration with USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) AgLab team, AWIC created an interactive card matching/memory game for kids and teens to learn about the behaviors of animals they might interact with in their daily lives.
  • Research Involving Free-living Wild Animals in Their Natural Habitat (PDF), USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This tech note is intended to assist an Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC) in determining whether an activity involving free-living wild animals in their natural habitat meets the regulatory definition of “field study.”

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