Animal Care Program for Laboratory Animals

Ensuring High-Quality Animal Care

The Animal Care Program for Laboratory Animals (ACP-LAB) - formerly the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) - is responsible for ensuring high-quality animal care and for providing training in and consultation on the safe, humane use of laboratory animals in research and education in compliance with federal regulations and campus policies, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, researchers, students, and regulatory agencies.


Controlled Substances

Principal investigators who require controlled substances for their research must obtain their own State of Illinois and Federal controlled substances licenses. Information on obtaining these licenses is listed below. Please contact if there are any questions about this process.

Obtaining a Controlled Substance License

State of Illinois

Illinois Controlled Substances License
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
ATTN: Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62786



Researcher Controlled Drug Registration- DEA Form 225
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60604

312-353-1236 (New Applications)
800-478-7630 (New Applications in state only) (select “New Applications Online” in quick links section)

Non-Controlled Drug and Supplies

Many distributors have applied restrictions that no longer allow persons who do not hold a DVM license to place orders. ACP-LAB has implemented procedures to assist researchers in obtaining non-controlled drugs and supplies needed to facilitate research. Investigators are asked to submit a completed Non-Controlled Drug and Supply Request via email for processing.

You should expect confirmation that your request has been received within two to three business days. Supply orders will be placed twice a month (on or about the 15th and 30th of each month). Receipt of shipments may take up to two weeks for delivery. Your contact person will be notified when the items are ready for pick up at the ACP-LAB main office.

Per Diem Rates

The Division of Animal Resources per diem rates are based on an actual annual cost. View the per diem rate table here.

Animal Orders, Import and Exports

For information about Animal Orders, Imports and Exports, please view this information.

Contact Information

Main ACP-LAB Office
1 Observatory Building
901 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801

217-333-2564 (phone)
217-244-7963 (fax)

ACP-LAB Administration

Helen Valentine, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Attending Veterinarian
Director, Animal Care Program

Nicole Herndon, DVM, DACLAM
Associate Director

Jessica Xu, DVM, DACLAM
Assistant Director

Chris Learned, BS, LAT
Associate Director of Operations

Holly Clem, LATG
Facility Operations Coordinator

Jamie Ludwig, BS, CVT, LAT
Assistant Director of Animal Support Operations

Jamie Price
Assistant Director of Business and Finance

Mary Delaney
Office Manager

Olivia Cook
Office Support Specialist


Veterinary Clinical Staff

Group contact for veterinary technicians:

Cher Cain, BS, CVT, LAT
Veterinary Technician I

Phaedra Hutchison, CVT
Veterinary Technician I

Christine Stroink-Pickering, MS, CVT
General Veterinary Technician

Occupational Health and Safety Staff

Sara Myers, BS
Occupational Health and Safety Manager

Animal Facility Supervisory Staff

Dack Shearer, ALAT
Animal Care Coordinator

Edward R. Madigan Laboratory
EJ Eastin, BS, ALAT
Animal Care Coordinator

Institute for Genomic Biology
EJ Eastin, BS, ALAT
Animal Care Coordinator

Holly Fairfield, ALAT
Animal Care Specialist

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Jamie Reed, LAT
Animal Care Coordinator

Veterinary Medicine Animal Facility
Reid McClure, RLAT
Animal Care Coordinator