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Swine Welfare

AASV Pig Welfare Committee


On-Farm Euthanasia of Swine (2016) English | Spanish

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

Veterinarian Considerations for Swine Depopulation and Disposal Checklist

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

Depopulation Method and Disposal Information

Farm Crisis Planning

Before depopulation and disposal, contact your State Animal Health Official | State Pork Association | Natural Resources Conservation Service  

Farm Crisis Operations Planning Tool

Swine Euthanasia and Depopulation Resources, National Pork Board

Preparation and Planning Resources for Swine Depopulation and Disposal, National Pork Board

Swine Disposal Resources, National Pork Board

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

Anti-Abuse Policy Statement

Castration of Swine

Pig Welfare

Raising Pigs without Antibiotics

Sow Housing

Stop Movement Situations

Tail Docking and Teeth Clipping of Swine

AVMA Position Statement on Pregnant Sow Housing