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Animal Welfare Information Center (Established 1986)
Information Agency or Museum
Web Site: http://awic.nal.usda.gov

Phone: 1 (301) 504-6212   Fax: 1 (301) 504-7125   E-Mail: awic@ars.usda.gov
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 410, Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2351 UNITED STATES
Department: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library

Mission: The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) at USDA's National Agricultural Library (NAL) collects and disseminates, as well as produces and provides, an information service on the proper care, use and handling of animals used in research, testing or education. Special attention is given to acquiring information on techniques or information which can prevent unnecessary duplication of research or reduce, replace or refine techniques and methods with help eliminate animal pain and suffering.

Clientele: Government agencies, public and private research institutions, libraries, Animal Care and Use committees, veterinarians, laboratory animal research personnel, the general public and others interested in the humane care and use of animals in research, testing and education.

Principal Research Programs: Reference services include database searching, accessing NAL's collection on animal care-related subjects, and expert networking. Provide assistance with search formulation and formal training through AWIC's workshop (when requested). Speakers and/or a table top exhibit for training sessions, conferences or workshops. Conference facilities (150 or less) are available at the NAL for hosting training sessions and for use by groups or individuals.

Number of Staff: 9

Associated Field Sites: We offer brief complimentary searches of AGRICOLA or other relevant databases. More extensive searches are performed on a cost recovery basis.

Publications: "Information Resources" (topical - covers AGRICOLA and other information resources as well as selected web sites); "AWIC Bulletin" (quarterly newsletter).No cost for any AWIC publication. All materials are available on the web site and many are now available on CD-Rom.

Comments: AWIC does not intend to duplicate other well-established collections of literature. AWIC strives to add to NAL's collection, to enhance its use and to complement other existing collections. If NAL does not cover or have specific information, AWIC staff will network clientele to other experts or library collections.

Last Updated: 2009-05-29


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