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About Animal Care and Use at Illinois

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides high-quality care and promotes the health and well-being of animals used in research and teaching while ensuring the training and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. The following campus units share the responsibility for the care and welfare of animals used in research and teaching:


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee provides oversight and helps ensure compliance with all laws and regulations governing the care and use of research and teaching animals.


What IACUC Does:

  • Inspects animal research facilities to ensure humane animal treatment.
  • Prepares reports on inspections and makes improvement recommendations.
  • Reviews complaints and concerns about animal care and use.
  • Conducts ongoing reviews of animal care and use activities.
  • Suspends non-compliant activities involving animals.
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The Division of Animal Resources is responsible for ensuring high-quality animal care and for providing training in and consultation on the humane use of laboratory animals in research and education in compliance with federal regulations and campus policies. 

What DAR Does:

  • DAR assists with research lab animal procurement.
  • Researcher access to research animal facilities.
  • Administrative support for pharmaceutical needs and requirements for animal research.
  • Provides business-related information such as per diem rates.



The Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program at Illinois was established in July 2004 and is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.

What AACUP Does:

  • Ensures high-quality care and promotes the well-being for agricultural animals used in research and teaching.
  • Provides training, educational resources, consultation, and technical assistance to faculty, students, and staff involved in the care and use of agricultural animals in research and teaching.
  • Ensures compliance with laws, regulations, and professional standards related to the use of agricultural animals in research and teaching.  

Many risks are associated with exposure to research and teaching animals: allergic reactions, scratches, bites, and zoonoses. The Animal Care and Use Occupational Health and Safety program identifies risks, implements safety controls, and provides training to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for personnel having direct or indirect contact with research and teaching animals.

What OHS Does:

  • Organizes mandatory training programs for principal investigators, research and animal care staff, veterinarians, maintenance and service workers, student employees, and other staff needing access to animal facilities.

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Institutional Credentials

  • USDA Registration Number: 33-R-0029
  • NIH Animal Assurance number: A3118-01
  • AAALAC: #00766
  • Accredited campuswide since 6/8/2001


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