Office of Animal Welfare

USDA Inspection Reports

The University of Washington is inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least annually, as are all institutions registered to conduct animal research in compliance with the regulations and standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). These inspections — of records, the research facilities, and the animals in them — are unannounced. Additionally, we promptly report non-compliant incidents to the USDA and other regulatory and oversight bodies, and these may be reviewed during an inspection.

We are voluntarily posting to this open web site the USDA inspection reports because we believe in openness and transparency about the important work that we do. Below are summaries, click the date to see the full report.

November 8, 2021 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
August 31, 2021 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
August 12, 2021 – Arizona
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In one indoor primate room, there were 2 separate occasions where the temperature was above 85 degrees F for more than 4 hours. There were no noted impacts to animal health during these times. When the temperature deviations were noted, inside doors were opened and fans placed to provide increased air circulation until the HVAC unit was reset and returned temperatures to normal. Out of range temperature alarm system is tested daily to ensure system is sending out notifications.
Evidence of rodents in the building housing primates. Installation of door sweeps, live rodent traps, and foam placement around the foundation and roof are being used to keep rodents out of the building.
July 28, 2021 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
April 15, 2021 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
January 26, 2021 – Seattle
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Self-reported: Rabbits did not received required daily checks over a weekend. All animals were assessed by a veterinarian and appeared healthy. The twice daily room check procedure has been revised such that a different technician will perform the AM and PM checks whenever possible as added insurance that all animals are checked daily. The twice daily room check procedure has been revised such that a different technician will perform the AM and PM checks whenever possible as added insurance that all animals are checked daily.
Self-reported: 1 NHP was left in a trapping run for at least 12 hours without access to food or water. It was observed in the compound on Sunday morning and was not observed in the compound during the afternoon check. The technician thought the animal had been moved to another location. It was found on the next morning check and received immediate clinical care. Personnel actions for those employees that did not follow procedure and confirm the location of the animal. Water bottles are being placed on the trapping runs. Adding a verification of animal count to the duties of the veterinary technician at the end of the day such that there are at least three separate individuals that verify that animals are in their correct locations daily.
Self-reported: A big male NHP broke 2 locks on the connector between side-by-side cages that are used for social housing and escaped into the room along with its female cage mate. Both animals along with several other NHPs in the room were injured. All were treated by veterinary staff and recovered. Staff regularly check all caging to ensure that it is properly attached and the animals are safe in their enclosures. During cage changes cages are evaluated for damage or wear that could result in future equipment failures, and repairs are made.
December 1, 2020 – Arizona
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Self-reported: A young NHP removed a feeder and exited the enclosure through the feeder opening. It climbed onto another enclosure where a NHP pulled its arm through the 1 x 1 inch mesh enclosure. The NHP received immediate veterinary care for multiple injuries that resulted in its left arm being amputated. Feeder opening has been modified so that even if the feeder is removed, the opening is too small for a NHP to fit through it.
January 3, 2020 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
December 4, 2019 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
June 4, 2019 – Seattle
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Self-reported: An incident of diversion of a controlled substance led to one nonhuman primate possibly receiving less than the optimum dosing of an opioid analgesic during clinical treatment. The animal did receive other pain relievers and did not appear clinically painful and recovered uneventfully. Also, during the inspection a controlled drug cabinet was found open and unattended with the key in the lock. The employee involved in the incident has been terminated from employment. This drug has been transferred to a central safe with limited access and is not in the lock box at the individual facilities. If an animal needs the medication, aliquots are taken out to do the treatment. The principal investigator of the lab with the open drug cabinet has placed a reminder sign on the procedure room door where the drug cabinet is located and reassigned the individual responsible for controlled substances in the lab. In addition, the research facility has reiterated the expectation that all researchers must keep their controlled substances secure at all times.
Self-reported: A nonhuman primate underwent surgery and died during the recovery period. The animal had only an abbreviated fast, had vomitted and ingesta was aspirated, which may have been a contributing factor. We had instituted corrective actions prior to this inspection. The facility SOP is revised to include if an animal has not been fasted appropriately, the research procedure will be rescheduled. The only exceptions would be in an emergency or clinical case, and must be approved by the Attending Veterinarian or the Associate Director, Department of Primate Resources.
March 12, 2019 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
November 15, 2018 – Seattle
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Self-reported: A pigtail macaque pulled a chain holding an enrichment device into the cage, entangled its jaw, and asphyxiated. These types of enrichment devices were being modified to fit better, and the one involved had not been properly installed. Removed all foraging devices and chains. Evaluating all enrichment devices by committee going forward.
May 9, 2018 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
March 6, 2018 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
October 24, 2017 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
August 15, 2017 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
April 4, 2017 – Seattle
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Self-reported: The volume of blood collected from four nonhuman primates exceeded the amount approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for collection in a one-week period of time during an 8-week research protocol. In addition, blood draws and sedation occurred in an animal that had been identified as anemic. Revised blood collection policy, SOPS, and blood draw tracking systems; retraining.
Self-reported: The research facility self-reported a nonhuman primate died while under anesthesia related to an experimental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure. The animal was monitored by research staff; however, inadequate anesthetic monitoring records were maintained during this and similar procedures. Changed the MRI anesthetic procedures and retrained all staff to chart anesthetic events appropriately.
January 25, 2017 – Seattle
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Self-reported: A non-human primate was found dehydrated and subsequently died. The water line to the cage was not connected, though logs indicated the the water had been checked every day prior to the incident. In addition, cages housing six non-human primates, including the one that died, had had cage changes extended by three days; if done on schedule, the dehydration might have been averted. Retrained and added second level of checks for lixits.
Self-reported: Cages housing six non-human primates, including the one that died, had had cage changes extended by three days; if done on schedule, the dehydration might have been averted. Retrained and added second level of checks for lixits.
October 18, 2016 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
June 22, 2016 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
February 9, 2016 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
July 14, 2015 – Seattle
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Self-reported: An investigator took 3mm tissue biopsies from the wings of wild bats (one biopsy per wing) without first obtaining IACUC approval. Team members retrained to understand what is on the protocol. Significant change to allow biopsies was submitted and approved.
Three Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols contained incomplete descriptions of activities using animals. Added detail to protocols on size and length of incisions, or size and weight of implants.
November 18, 2014 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
August 1, 2014 – Arizona
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Self-reported: Infant non-human primates attacked and injured by adult males. Implemented changes to the group housing policy.
July 21, 2014 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
April 10, 2014 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified
February 28, 2014 – Seattle
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A guinea pig was not given all required doses of pain medication Retrain
Self-reported: A research team member failed to give a second dose of pain medication to thirty rabbits, and anesthetics administered during surgery were not inaccordance with the protocol or the training on anesthetics. Retrain
A sedated macaque was momentarily left in a position where it might fall. The sedation training module did not specifically instruct on this handling issue. Retrain
Self-reported: A rabbit was found to have a fractured pelvis and was euthanized. Retrain
Chains used on macaque collars posed a risk of catching on something. Shorten or remove collar chains.