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Swine Welfare

COVID-19 Resources

AASV Pig Welfare Committee


On-Farm Euthanasia of Swine – Recommendations for the Producer English | Spanish
Revised 2016. Co-published with National Pork Board, order print copies at The Pork Store

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition

Timely Euthanasia: Well-being and Financial Implications, National Pork Board.

Euthanasia Training and Tools, National Pork Board


AASV Recommendations for the Depopulation of Swine (Updated September 2021)

AASV Depopulation Decision Tool

AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals: 2019 Edition

AVMA Flowchart: Evaluating Emergency Euthanasia or Depopulation of Livestock and Poultry

Depopulation Summary Form

Veterinarian Considerations for Swine Depopulation and Disposal Checklist

Animal Depopulation Resiliency Tool (Available in English, Spanish, and French)

Farm Emergency: Disposal Toolbox, National Pork Board

Depopulation Method Information

Farm Crisis Planning

Farm Crisis Operations Planning Tool

Animal Growth Resources, Iowa Pork Industry Center

Security Resources: Farm SMART Tips | Strengthen Farm and Plant Security | Social Media Security

Other Resources

Raising Pigs Without Antibiotics: Producer Self-Assessment Tool — This self-assessment tool contains a series of questions producers are encouraged to consider with their entire management team, including their herd veterinarian, when discussing a potential shift to Raised Without Antibiotics production. It is meant to act as a guide and foster conversation around this topic. Producers are encouraged to consider additional questions that may be relevant to their system when reviewing this tool. (December 2018)

American College of Animal Welfare — The American College of Animal Welfare “ACAW” is an AVMA recognized veterinary specialty organization. The mission of the ACAW is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation. Diplomates of the American College of Animal Welfare are veterinarians with specialized training and experience to carry out the ACAW mission. This mission is fulfilled through the application of specific knowledge listed in the Role Delineation Document.

AASV Welfare Position Statements

Raising Pigs without Antibiotics
March 2016/reaffirmed April 2019

Castration of Swine
March 2013/reaffirmed 2015/revised April 2018/revised April 2021

Tail Docking and Teeth Clipping of Swine
October 2013/reaffirmed March 2015/reaffirmed April 2018/revised April 2021

Pig Welfare
October 2004/March 2015/revised April 2018/reaffirmed April 2021

Anti-Abuse Policy Statement
March 2015/revised April 2018/revised September 2021

Sow Housing
March 2012/reaffirmed 2015/revised 2018/reaffirmed April 2021

Pig Welfare During Stop Movement Situations
April 2020

Strategies for Responding to Processing Disruption Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 2020

AVMA Position Statement on Pregnant Sow Housing