AnimalsAnimal health officials work to prevent and eradicate disease in swine, cattle, bison, poultry, horses, deer, elk, and other animals in Illinois. They regulate livestock auction markets and dealers, animal transportation and slaughter livestock buyers. Officials ​provide analytical support for disease eradication programs. The Bureau is located in the Illinois Department of Agriculture at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.

Animal Health and 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.
  • 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 as ​contact information to order supplies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Animal Disease Traceability (ADT):
    This link 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.

Bees & Apiaries:

The Illinois Bees and Apiaries Program is designed to assist beekeepers throughout Illinois with the management and protection of honeybee colonies.

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.


A listing of the various businesses that are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Livestock Management Facilities Program:

The Livestock Management Facilities Act protects your right as a citizen to a safe, clean environment as well as the right of livestock farmers to earn a living. It concludes animal agriculture is important to Illinois' economy and should be maintained, but farmers have a responsibility to be good neighbors.

Meat & Poultry Inspection:

The Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection is responsible for administration of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Act which protects the consumer in relation to wholesomeness, deceptive advertising and proper labeling of meat and poultry products.