Here are some benefits of Integrated Animal Record Keeping

All owners of regulated animal collections, who are open to the public, are legally obligated to be licensed by the USDA.  US inspectors attempt to visit each site annually and are tasked to find non-compliant items and their resolutions.  The USDA is obligated to send inspectors to your facility if there is a complaint lodged against you by a member of the public.  These complaints typically come from two sources: overzealous visitors and disgruntled employees.  Regardless of where the complaint stems from you can expect a visit from an inspection team who will diligently look into the case.  During their visit inspectors will be looking at the physical evidence but will also ask for any and all records concerning the incident.  Documenting any actions that may have taken place before or after the alleged violation may prevent a non-compliant action by the USDA.  Did you medicate the animal, monitor it daily, take care of a rusty fence or retouch some peeling paint?  Regardless of what you or your staff or a whistle blower may tell the USDA, it will not be as rock-solid as properly documented account of your daily activities. 

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The proper documentation and recording of significant events in the lives of your animals will make them intrinsically and monetarily more valuable. The age, weight, physical history, offspring and previous physical ownership is information that you would like to know before receiving an animal.  In addition, attempts to enter a breeding agreement with an AZA zoo can be facilitated with complete provenance of your animal. Lastly, the application process for a Captive Bred Wildlife permit will need to contain proper evidence of enhancements through past successful breeding and a historical background of effective animal management. 

For more information, please consult The Importance of Integrated Animal Record Keeping.



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