The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) is a public veterinary Institute which conducts prevention, control and research activities in three main areas: animal health and welfare, food safety, environmental protection. The Institute employs almost 600 people, including veterinarians, biologists, chemists, technicians and administration staff.
The IZSVe was founded on June, 14, 1929 in Padua and it is part of a national network that consists of nine other Italian public veterinary institutes, each of which covers a specific geographical area. Today, the IZSVe is located at Legnaro (PD), in northeast Italy.
The mission of the IZSVe is the preservation of public health, in terms of food safety and prevention of zoonoses, and animal welfare, in terms of animal health and living conditions.
The IZSVe promotes public health, it guarantees that controls on the food-production chain are performed, and fosters an improved coexistence between human beings and animals. This is achieved by focusing on four main areas:
- control of foodborne pathogens
- prevention and control of animal diseases
- technical and scientific research
- training and communication.
The IZSVe is organized into three structures:
- Strategic Structure, directed by Dr. Antonia Ricci
- Health Structure, directed by Dr. Gioia Capelli
- Administrative Structure, directed by Massimo Romano
The Strategic Structure consists of 3 operating units (O.U.) and 2 services responsible for the management of strategic activities and for support the government of the Institute:
- Legal Affairs Service
- Work Health and Safety Service
- O.U. Planning, Programming and Control
- O.U. Secretariat Directorate-General
The Health Structure is divided into Divisions, which are responsible for coordinating the various activities of the IZSVe, Deparments, located at the IZSVe headquarters, and Peripheral Diagnostic Laboratories, distributed throughout North-Eastern Italy.
The Administrative Structure disposes of all administrative procedures required to support the institutional and research activities provided by the IZSVe. This structure consists of four Departments:
- SCA1 – Human Resources Management
- SCA2 – Supplies and Logistics Management
- SCA3 – Economic and Financial Management
- SCST – Technical Service
On June 15, 1929, the IZSVe was inaugurated in Padova, as the result of an initiative of provinces in the Triveneto area, whose objective was to establish a scientific-experimental centre that would provide zootechnical support to stakeholders in the area.
The history of the IZSVe has involved a group of individuals, including directors, presidents, and health, technical and administrative personnel, who have remained dedicated to their work throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, from the difficult war years to the post-war recovery, from the economic boom of the 1960s to the birth of the research activities in the 1970s, and from the beginnings of Europe’s free market to the new challenges posed by globalisation.
Eighty years later, the promotion of public health and animal health continue to represent the main objectives of the IZSVe, which has succeeded in meeting its objectives thanks to a team of individuals whose extraordinary commitment has allowed the IZSVe to build a future characterised by innovation, quality, knowledge, and scientific expertise, allowing it to make a true difference at the global level.
Where we are
The headquarters of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie are located in Legnaro (Padua), in the North-East of Italy (Venice area). The complete refrences is:
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
Viale dell’Università 10
35020 Legnaro (PD)
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Tel.: + 39 049 8084211 | +39 049 8030380
Fax: +39 049 8830046