UPDATE: FVSU responds following failed USDA inspection

FVSU has been cited by federal regulators for breaking U.S. laws in the treatment of animals.

UPDATE (1/10) – Fort Valley State University issued the following statement in reference to the inspection mentioned below:

“The FVSU College of Agriculture takes the welfare of its animals very seriously. The humane and responsible treatment of animals in our care is and has always been a priority.We work closely with the USDA to ensure the health and welfare of the animals in our care.
The USDA outlined its concerns from its visit in July, and we quickly addressed those concerns and continue to prioritize the care of our animals.”

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)–  Fort Valley State University has been cited by federal regulators for breaking U.S. laws in the treatment of animals.

In all, the USDA issued seven violations against FVSU, saying it was one of the worst inspections in the U.S. during 2021.  The USDA inspection was later followed by an Official Warning for Animal Welfare Act violations.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection and Official Warning against Fort Valley State University are being made public today by SAEN, a national watchdog nonprofit that investigates animal abuse and illegal activities at U.S. Universities, Colleges, and private research facilities.

SAEN said it has contacted FVSU President, Paul A Jones, calling for the termination of all staff connected to violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.  The seven violations were documented in a July 27, 2021 inspection, including a rare direct violation.

Two USDA inspection report detail inadequate veterinary care for dogs, substandard enclosures, and filthy conditions, charged SAEN.

The first violation for improper sanitation stated:  “All 8 of the guinea pig enclosures had an excessive accumulation of feces.”

The second of these sanitation violations stated:  “A strong odor of urine and feces could be appreciated upon entering the room housing 9 rabbits. The trays underneath approximately 5 of the enclosures had puddles of urine and an excessive accumulation of feces, piles ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 inches in height in some areas.”

In a letter to Jones, SAEN’s Co-Founder, Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., said, “Speaking as a graduate of an Animal Health Technology program, I am appalled that FVSU has committed such serious violations, when the university should be teaching compassion for animals.”

“I was even more appalled when I saw the photographs taken by the USDA to document the FVSU violations.  Filthy cages and animals whose care does not meet current veterinary standards exemplify the conditions at FVSU,” added Budkie.

SAEN’s letter to FVSU’s President, which includes relevant USDA reports and photos is, available at: Fort Valley State University President letter 1-22

In response to the USDA citations, FVSU released the following statement: “The FVSU College of Agriculture takes the welfare of its animals very seriously. The humane and responsible treatment of animals in our care is and has always been a priority.We work closely with the USDA to ensure the health and welfare of the animals in our care.  The USDA outlined its concerns from its visit in July, and we quickly addressed those concerns and continue to prioritize the care of our animals.”

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