National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a modern, streamlined information system that helps producers and animal health officials respond quickly and effectively to animal disease events in the United States. NAIS is designed to:

  • Increase the United States’ disease response capabilities
  • Limit the spread of animal diseases
  • Minimize animal losses and economic impact
  • Protect producers’ livelihoods
  • Maintain market access

There are several ways for producers to participate in NAIS.

  • Premises Registration – Identification of the geographic location where animals are raised, housed, or boarded through a Premises Identification Number.
  • Animal Identification – Individual or group identification that remains with the animal for its lifetime.
  • Animal Tracing – Access to timely, accurate animal movement records to quickly locate at-risk animals in the event of a disease outbreak.

Obtaining a PIN for the location of your farm/ranch does not obligate you to participate in animal identification or tracing. Click here for more information.

Dr. Tom Park’s Comments to Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture — May 11, 2009
“CVMA suggests that the groundwork for NAIS has been established and that the USDA should move forward on several ideas…” Read more

National Animal Identification System article from CVMA Voice 2008 Issue #4
“Unless you’ve been out of the country for some time or never read a livestock publication, you’ve heard about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)…” Read more

AVMA Urges Veterinarians to Support the National Animal Identification System
The AVMA is showing its strong support for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) by urging veterinarians to actively participate in the system.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) Veterinarian’s Toolkit is an online resource developed by veterinarians for veterinarians. It provides a myriad of information including a detailed guide to how NAIS works and resources to help communicate its importance and benefits to producers.

“The AVMA fully supports a national livestock identification system. This toolkit will help ensure that both veterinarians and producers are on the same page when it comes to protecting our nation’s livestock,” says Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of AVMA. “We’re asking veterinarians, particularly those working with livestock, to become involved in the NAIS program, to register their own hospitals in addition to their premises and animals, and also to encourage their clients to register their animals and premises. No one carries more credibility with animal owners than veterinarians.”

A Veterinarian’s Toolkit includes fact sheets and “conversation-starter tips” to help veterinarians inform their clients about the NAIS and why it is so vitally important to our national security. The online toolkit will be updated by USDA-APHIS and provides links to other relevant resources.

The NAIS is designed to help producers and animal health officials respond quickly and effectively to animal health events in the United States. NAIS utilizes premises registration, animal identification, and animal tracing to locate animals that may have been exposed to disease and remove from suspicion animals that are not a threat. “The NAIS is an essential tool for tracking down all animals impacted by a disease outbreak,” Dr. DeHaven explains. “A disaster is not the time to start planning, and we can’t afford to wait until the next disease outbreak to participate in this critical national identification program.”

For more information about the NAIS, click here.