Animal Health & Welfare

  • Alerts and Important Animal Health & Welfare Information:

    From time to time, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will distribute alerts and animal health information to veterinarians, producers and industry stakeholders.

  • COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease) Important Animal Information:

    The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease) pandemic is continually evolving in Illinois. This site provides updates and links to sources for general COVID-19 information.

  • Animal Diseases:

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare is responsible for detection and eradication of certain animal diseases. State veterinarians perform epidemiological investigations, develop plans to eradicate disease in infected herds, and monitor and test animals.

  • Animal Imports:

    Livestock imports must meet Illinois requirements and be in compliance with Federal interstate regulations. All livestock entering Illinois, and consignments to Illinois auction markets, federally approved markets, and recognized slaughtering establishments shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and/or permit.  Illinois no longer accepts the APHIS 7001 form.

  • Animal Health/Welfare Laws:

    A listing of the laws, rules and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health & Welfare.

  • Approved Humane Investigators:

    A listing of Approved Humane Investigators in Illinois.

  • Biosecurity Measures:

    Biosecurity practices are simple steps you can take to keep diseases out of your farm, and out of our food supply. Your farm should be a safe zone. Learn what you need to know to provide an extra measure of protection for your animals.

  • Brand Book:

    A listing of registered livestock brands in Illinois.

  • Electronic CVIs:

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare encourages all veterinarians to begin utilizing electronic health certificates (e-CVIs) when completing certificates for interstate movement or for exhibition. 

  • Emergency Planning & Response:

    Helpful guides for preparing your animals for emergencies as well as why to protect them from bacteria, parasites and/or viruses.

  • Forms & Supplies:

    A listing of Forms used by the department of Agriculture as well a contact information to order supplies.

  • Laboratory Services:

    The Illinois Animal Disease Laboratory provides analytical support for state and federal animal disease eradication programs and disease outbreaks by examining blood and tissue samples. They conduct regulatory testing of animals for competition or export and test meat and poultry samples as part of the department's inspection programs.

  • Licenses:

    A listing of companies and individuals licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture to do business with the state of Illinois.

  • Licensed Animal Shelter and Animal Control Annual Report (Free excel viewer)

    A compilation of the name of each licensed animal control facility or animal shelter and all the reported intake and outcome statistics required under paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 7 of Act 225 ILCS 605/7.1.  


  • Licensing Summary Statistical Report:

    A summary of information regarding Animal Health and Welfare licenses in compliance with 225 ILCS 605 (Illinois Animal welfare Act), 225 ILCS 620 (Illinois Feeder Swine Dealer Licensing Act), 225 ILCS 645 (Illinois Livestock Dealer Licensing Act), and 225 ILCS 655 (Illinois Slaughter Livestock Buyers Act).

  • Stock Contractor Requirements:

    A listing of stock contractor requirements for animals used in rodeos and similar exhibitions.

  • National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP):

    The National Poultry Improvement Plan was developed in the early 1930s by a State-Federal-Industry partnership to coordinate State programs aimed at eliminating Salmonella Pullorum from commercial poultry.

  • Animal Disease Traceability (ADT):

     This includes information and forms for animal official identification and premises identification registration

  • Veterinary Accreditation:

    A list of documents for veterinarians to become accredited in Illinois.

  • Veterinary Feed Directive​:

    Compliance with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is required.  Click on the link above for more information regarding this important FDA rule