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.

April 15th, 2021 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

Note for April 9th, 2021
University of Washington is in the process of appealing our
January 26, 2021 Seattle inspection report.

 

January 3rd, 2020 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

December 4th, 2019 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

June 4th, 2019 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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 12th, 2019 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

November 15th, 2018 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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 9th, 2018 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

March 6th, 2018 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

October 24th, 2017 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

August 15th, 2017 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

April 4th, 2017 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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 25th, 2017 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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 18th, 2016 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

June 22nd, 2016 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

February 9th, 2016 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

July 14th, 2015 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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 18th, 2014 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

August 1st, 2014 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
Self-reported: Infant non-human primates attacked and injured by adult males. Implemented changes to the group housing policy.

 

July 21st, 2014 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

April 10th, 2014 – Arizona
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
No non-compliant items identified

 

February 28th, 2014 – Seattle
Items Identified for Correction Corrective Action Plan
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.