Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) exists to provide high quality, cost-effective husbandry, administrative and technical support for animal care and use, to facilitate animal well-being for research and teaching at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

The animal facility contains approximately 20,000 gross square feet of modern, well equippped space which includes a surgery suite, cagewash facility, diagnostic laboratory, necropsy room, quarantine area and infectious disease containment suite. The centralized laboratory animal care program is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care and it is directed by a veterinarian who is a diplomat in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. The DLAM facility Coordinator is certified as a Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Animal handler class

The Animal Handler Class is now offered through CITI and can be completed at your convenience. After completing the course, you must attend a tour of the facility and complete the risk assessment form that is submitted to the Employee Health Nurse. Please contact Cassie Vorachek cvorachek68@siumed.edu if you have questions or to register for a tour.

Follow this link to the online training.

  • Click on Register – upper right corner
  • Under Select Your Organization Affiliation, search for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Follow the registration steps
  • At the final step of registration, select the Laboratory Animal Research module(s) applicable to your role

Services we offer


Grant summary information

Reporting animal welfare concern


Daylene Craig, Administrative Aide
Phone: 217-545-3053
Email: dcraig@siumed.edu

Helen Valentine, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Research Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology
Phone: 217-545-3053
Email: hvalentine32@siumed.edu