Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Providing Oversight, Ensuring Compliance

The USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals require that institutions conducting research with animals establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC provides oversight and helps ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and policies governing the care and use of research and teaching animals.


  • Review the research facility's program at least once every six months to ensure humane animal care and use.
  • Inspect all of the research facility's animal facilities, including animal study areas, at least once every six months.
  • Prepare reports of these inspections and submit them to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation (OVCRI) or the chancellor.
  • Review concerns or complaints involving animal care and use at the university.
  • Make recommendations to the VCRI related to any aspect of the animal program.
  • Review and assess proposed activities or changes related to the care and use of animals.
  • Conduct ongoing reviews of activities at least once a year.
  • Suspend activities involving animals that are not in accordance with guidelines and requirements approved by the IACUC.
  • For suspended activities, work with the OVCRI to review the reasons for suspension, take appropriate corrective action, and report that action with a full explanation to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and any federal agency that funds the activity.


  • USDA Registration: #33-R-0029
  • PHS Assurance: D16-00075 (A3118-01)
  • AAALAC: #00766
  • Accredited campuswide since 6/8/2001

IACUC Membership and Members

Members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Illinois are appointed by the chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (VCRI). The committee comprises voting members that include:

  • DVMs with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine
  • Non-affiliated members of the community
  • Practicing scientists experienced in research involving animals
  • Members whose primary interests are in a nonscientific area
Committee Members
  • Ryan N. Dilger, Chair
  • Jeff Hoover, Vice-Chair
  • Linda Arseneau
  • Hong Chen
  • Bailey Conrady, Non-Affiliated Member
  • Kari Foss
  • Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro
  • Courtney Hayes
  • Nicole Herndon
  • CheMyong (Jay) Ko
  • Nu-Chu Liang
  • Daniel Llano
  • Juan Loor
  • Annette McCoy
  • Erik Nelson
  • Michael Spinella
  • Cory Suski
  • Helen Valentine
  • Michael Vitoux, Non-Affiliated Member
  • Josh Whitson
  • Jessica Xu
  • Patricia Jones, Non-voting Member

Contact Information

Please direct general inquiries to or call 217-333-7789.

Main Office

Observatory Building
Room 114, MC-193
901 S. Matthews
Urbana, IL 61801
217-333-7789 (phone)
217-244-7963 (fax)

IACUC Contacts

Ryan N. Dilger
IACUC Chair and Director
186 Animal Sciences Laboratory

Judy Van Cleeff
IACUC Specialist
Room 109 Observatory

Katherine Branson
IACUC Specialist
Room 118 Observatory