Health and Safety

The number of complex scientific and veterinary issues impacting the quality of life for your pet, and pet ownership in general, continues to increase. PIJAC proactively addresses these issues by:

  • developing best practice guidelines and codes of conduct for animal care and husbandry
  • coordinating the PIJAC Pet Zoonoses Committee;
  • providing leadership and guidance to relevant governmental and non-governmental committees; and
  • monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on issues, such as:
    • invasive species (harmful, non-native species);
    • zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted between pets and humans); and
    • the genetic modification of animals (often referred to as genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs).

Best Management Practices for Feeder Rodent Production and Distribution

The feeder rodent industry is in the business of growing and selling rats and mice--live and frozen--as a food source for reptiles and birds of prey. In the absence of an accepted set of professional standards for the production of feeder rodents, Best Management Practices (BMP) were developed in conjunction with PIJAC's Herp Committee. These BMP are applicable to feeder rodent facilities, yet they will likely be implemented differently among breeders and distributors due to the diversity of the feeder rodent industry.

Download the BMP for Feeder Rodent Production and Distribution

Proper Handling of Underwater Frogs

Like many animals and foods, frogs may carry salmonella bacteria which can cause illness. This poster was created for pet stores to post in area where selling frogs. The poster is meant to educate customers on proper care and handling of frogs and other reptiles. Download the poster today!

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