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The USDA has announced that revisions have been made to its Inspection Guide to provide clarification to USDA inspectors.  

The guide is a resource USDA provides to their inspectors to help them properly enforce the Animal Welfare Act.  Changes include guidance on providing a more thorough inspection review, using “teachable moments”, and identifying those items that will have a direct impact on an animal’s welfare. 

For more information, you may read USDA’s announcement on these changes, or visit

Also read AKC’s information on the USDA regulations, which includes a chart to help you determine if you need to obtain a USDA license.