Animal Welfare Approved

Certification Process

There are a few basic steps to complete in order to join the AWA program:

  1. Read the AWA standards for the species you wish to certify and confirm your slaughter plant is open to a review by one of our trained slaughter specialists (if applicable).
  2. Apply online or by mail.
  3. Once we receive your application, an Eligibility Coordinator will get in touch to review your application and set up a farm audit and plant visit (if applicable). Audits are conducted annually to confirm compliance.
  4. If you need to make any changes to achieve compliance, we will support you in finding a solution that works for you and your farm.
  5. Once we receive your certification affidavit and your farm is approved, you will receive a Welcome pack. You can then start using the AWA logo and access our full range of services!

For more information, see our FAQs at AnimalWelfareApproved.org/farmers/faq/.