The Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program (AACUP) at the University of Illinois was established in July 2004 and is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), International. It draws on the expertise of faculty, academic professionals, and veterinarians to promote, deliver, and sustain excellence in agricultural animal care.
The AACUP mission is to:
- Ensure high quality care and promote health and well-being for agricultural animals used in research and teaching;
- Provide training, educational resources, consultation, and technical assistance to faculty, students, and staff involved in the care and use of agricultural animals in research and teaching;
- Ensure compliance with laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and professional standards related to the use of agricultural animals in research and teaching.
The AACUP Veterinary Care Program provides health care and health maintenance programs at the following facilities:
Beef Cattle and Sheep Field Research and Teaching Laboratory (ACES)
- Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (ACES),
- Equine Research and Teaching Unit (ACES),
- Grein Swine Research Unit (ACES),
- Imported Swine Research Laboratory (ACES),
- Large Animal Clinic (CVM),
- Lincoln Avenue Dairy (ACES),
- Nutrition Field Lab (ACES),
- Orr Beef Research Center (ACES),
- Physiology Research Laboratory (ACES),
- Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory (ACES),
- Poultry Research and Teaching Field Laboratory (ACES),
- Swine Research Center (ACES),
- Veterinary Research Farm (CVM).