Does the site have a log for visitors to the facility?
Does the site have signage or other methods around the facility to control and restrict access for biosecurity compliance?
Standard Operating Procedures
Does the site have a written SOP for animal handling procedures?
Does the site have a written SOP for feeding and watering protocols?
Does the site have a written SOP for piglet processing procedures, specifically castration and tail docking, that complies with AASV guidelines? N/A if the site does not farrow piglets.
Does the site have a written SOP for conducting daily observations?
Does the site have a written SOP for caretaker training?
Does the site have a written SOP for treatment management?
Is there an SOP for needle usage that includes a section on broken needles covering prevention, identification of suspect pigs and protocol for what to do with that animal? N/A for sites using needless systems.
Does the site have a written biosecurity SOP?
Does the site have a written SOP for rodent control?
Are transporters delivering or picking up pigs from the site TQA certified?
Do all caretakers have a current PQA Plus Certification or are within 90 days from their employment date?
Does the site have a valid PQA Plus Site Status?
Is there a written record of emergency backup equipment being tested at least twice per year? NA if the site is outdoors or naturally ventilated.
Does the site have documentation of annual caretaker training specific to their daily duties?
Does the farm have a written zero tolerance policy for willful acts of abuse or neglect?
Does the site have a reporting mechanism in place for caretakers to report abuse or neglect?
Does the site conduct internal site assessments of the facility, animals, caretakers, and procedures (breeding= quarterly; non-breeding= semi-annually)?
Does the site have 12 months of records to verify the animals were observed at least once daily?
Does the site have 12 months of mortality records?
Does the site have a valid VCPR?
Does the site have compliant medication and treatment records?
Are medication and treatment records retained for 12 months?
Does the site have records demonstrating routine maintenance of euthanasia equipment?
Are VFD's records retained according to FDA guidelines? NA for sites not using products requiring a VFD.
Office Training Records
Can caretakers articulate their method for tracking what treatments have been administered and how long each animal has been receiving treatment?
Are caretakers able to articulate the training the received specific to their daily duties?
Are caretakers responsible for euthanasia able to articulate the site's euthanasia plan?
Can caretakers articulate the site's zero tolerance policy for willful acts of abuse and how to report abuse?
Can caretakers responsible for piglet processing procedures demonstrate or articulate the training they received to conduct the procedure according to the site's SOP? NA if the sites does not farrow piglets.
If observed on the site, is specialized labor able to articulate or demonstrate the training they received specific to their duties? N/A for not observed.
Does the site have an operational backup system? NA if the site is outdoors or non-mechanically ventilated.
Is the euthanasia equipment readily available for use?
Does the site have a written euthanasia plan that is consistent with the current AASV guidelines and is accessible to all caretakers in the facility?
Does the site have a written emergency action plan and are emergency contact numbers posted?
Are animal health products stored properly and not past the expiration date?
Is the site using the appropriate needle size per PQA Plus recommendations?
Are the 16 gauge or larger sized needles on the site detectable?
Are used sharps placed in a rigid, puncture-resistant container that is labeled properly?
Can caretakers articulate the site's protocol for handling broken needles? NA for a needless site.
Critical Animal Welfare Questions
Were any willful acts of abuse or neglect observed during the assessment?
Are animals euthanized in a timely manner?
If euthanasia is observed, are animals handled humanely during the process? NA if not observed
If euthanasia is observed, are animals euthanized in place or is suitable equipment available to move non-ambulatory animals so they can be euthanized humanely?
If euthanasia is observed, do caretakers confirm insensibility and death after the euthanasia method is applied and before being removed from the facility?
If euthanasia is observed, are caretakers following the site's SOP for euthanasia? N/A if euthanasia is not observed.
Are animals handled appropriately for their age?
Can animal caretakers articulate or demonstrate appropriate use of equipment during animal handling?
Is proper handling equipment available and in good working order with no sharp edges?
Are electric prods never used on suckling or weaned piglets? NA if suckling or weaned pigs are never on the site.
Are electric prods never used to move nursery, market pigs, sows, or boars out of pens?
Are pigs comfortable at the current set air temperature, that does not indicate that they are too hot or too cold?
If they do show signs of being hot/cold, has the caretaker taken appropriate actions to minimize heat or cold stress?
Do the pigs have access to feed and water according to the site's written SOP?
Are dead animals removed from the living space upon identification?
Do pigs NOT show any signs of exposure to poor air quality?
If the pigs do show signs, does the ammonia concentration fall short of 25ppm?
Is the penning appropriate for the phase of production and in a good state of repair and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the animal?
Is the flooring in a good state of repair and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the animal?
Are the chutes in a good state of repair and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the animal?
Are the alleyways in a good state of repair and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the animal?
Are the feeders in a good state of repair to allow for unobstructed feed delivery and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the pigs?
Are the waterers in a good state of repair and positioned to allow for unobstructed water delivery and not causing or posing an imminent threat of injury to the pigs?
Do the pigs have a dry space to lie down?
Is there evidence that the site's rodent control SOP is being followed?
Did you observe transport/load-out?
Are any of the pigs that are unable to walk or are significantly injured NOT being loaded for transport?
Are electric prods sparingly used and not as the primary tool for animal movement?
Do pigs loaded on the trailer show signs of proper space allocations and are not overcrowded?
Do 1% or less of pigs fall during loading or unloading?
Do 25% or less of pig being moved receive an electric shock?
Is the trailer in a good state of repair? N/A if could not be observed.
Is the trailer properly aligned with the loading/unloading area? N/A if could not be observed.
Is the trailer appropriately equipped for weather conditions and phase of production during transport? N/A if could not be observed.