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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Livestock Exhibition Requirements:

    A listing of the health requirements for an animal to show at a county or state fair.

  • 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.

  • Premises Registration & Animal Identification:

    Premises registration is the first step you can take to protect your investment in Illinois' livestock industry. A database of locations where livestock are produced, raised and kept, will aid animal health officials.

  • 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