Animal welfare

Animal welfare

IZSVe Animal Welfare Body

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) has established an Animal Welfare Body, to transpose Directive 2010/63/EU (Decision of the Director General no. DDG 218 of 5 May, 2014) in accordance with art. 25 of Legislative Decree DLGS no. 26 dated 4 March, 2014.

The Animal Welfare Body has three members:

  • the head of animal care and welfare;
  • a veterinary physician (selected in accordance with art. 24 of Italian Legislative Decree DLGS no. 26/2914;
  • a scientific expert from the Institute.

The Animal Welfare Body serves as an interface with researchers, from whom it receives study projects involving the use of animals. The Animal Welfare Body liaises with the Ethics Committee of IZSVe to evaluate these projects and provide the opinions needed to apply for authorization from the Ministry of Health. The Body has the task of interfacing with the Ministry and then with the researchers in relation to project approval.


Pursuant to art. 26 of legislative decree DLGS no. 26/2014, formalized in the Decision of the Director General DDG no. 218, dated 5 May, 2014, the Animal Welfare Body (OPBA) performs the following duties:

  • advises staff dealing with animals used for scientific purposes on matters relating to welfare, acquisition, care, accommodation and use;
  • advises staff authorized to use animals according to the 3R principle, informing them of any technical and scientific developments and promoting professional update training;
  • defines and revises internal monitoring, communication and control procedures relating to the welfare of animals accommodated or used in the establishment;
  • delivers reasoned opinions on research projects and any subsequent amendments, notifying the heads of projects accordingly;
  • forwards applications for research project authorizations to the Ministry of Health by certified electronic mail, in accordance with the provisions of art. 31 of Italian legislative decree DLGS no. 26/2014, notifying the heads of projects accordingly;
  • follows the development and outcome of research projects, taking into account the effects on the animals used and giving advice on aspects that contribute to the 3R principles;
  • gives advice on reintegration programmes, including adequate socialization of the animals to be reintegrated;
  • guarantees the filing of consultancy work and the related decisions for a period of at least 6 years, making the documents available on the request of the pertinent authorities.


The Animal Welfare Body of IZSVe is formed by:

  • Franco Mutinelli
    Head of Animal Welfare
    Director of the Division of Experimental Veterinary Sciences, IZSVe, Legnaro (Padova)
  • Massimo Boldrin
    Designated veterinarian, specialist in laboratory animal science and medicine
  • Fabrizio Agnoletti
    Director SCT2 – Diagnostic department, IZSVe, Treviso


Maria Augusta Bozza
Secretariat of the Animal Welfare Body of IZSVe
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
viale dell’Università 10, 35020 Legnaro (PD)
Tel.: +39 049 8084259 | Fax: +39 049 8084258
E-mail: | PEC:

IZSVe Ethics Committee

The IZSVe has had its own Ethics Committee since October 2007. Its goal is to appropriately implement the organization’s mission by responding to the need to guarantee animal welfare within an ethical and regulatory framework.

IZSVe’s Ethics Committee is an independent interdisciplinary body whose objective is to ethically assess study protocols and production procedures involving the use of animals for experimental purposes. The body also provides an advisory service to other requesting organizations on ethical matters in which the Institute has expertise. The Ethics Committee has the task of evaluating the methodology and implementation of studies or activities proposed by researchers in relation to the values of the Istituto Zooprofilattico delle Venezie, focusing specifically on criteria able to combine the specific needs of scientific research with the protection of animal welfare.

Other objectives pursued by the Ethics Committee include promoting ethics applied to sciences that use animals for experimental purposes, partly in collaboration with other research centres and institutions, and training research staff to acquire the necessary skills and professional qualifications, in accordance with the 3-R ethical approach (replacement, reduction, refinement).


In accordance with IZSVe Ethics Committee (EC) Regulations, the Committee has the following institutional duties:

  • to give reasoned opinions and/or recommendations on all research projects and protocols to be carried out by IZSVe which envisage the use of animals for experimental purposes and in production procedures;
  • to promote the adoption of and compliance with ethical principles related to the correct breeding, maintenance and treatment of the animals used;
  • to provide advice and deliver opinions and recommendations on problems relating to the use, handling, treatment and welfare of animals;
  • to make sure that each study includes the minimum number of experiments needed to achieve useful results;
  • to promote research staff training and the development of skills and professional qualifications in sciences involving animals for experimental purposes and in production procedures.


Licia Ravarotto
Director of SCS0 – Training, Communication and Support Services
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
Viale dell’Università 10 – 35020 Legnaro (PD)
Tel.: +39 049 8084264 | Fax: +39 049 8084270
E-mail: | PEC:


The Ethics Committee of IZSVe is composed of the following members:

  • Vittorio Canova
    Freelancer – Coroner
  • Gioia Capelli
    Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie – Director of Science
  • Laura Contalbrigo
    Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie – Expert in Animal Assisted Interventions
  • Giulia De Benedictis
    University of Padova – Expert in anesthesiological/surgical procedures
  • Barbara De Mori
    University of Padova – Expert in moral philosophy
  • Francesco Grigoletto
    Expert in biostatistics
  • Matteo Mascia
    Lanza Foundation – Expert in ethics and environmental policies
  • Franco Mutinelli
    Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie – Expert in animal experimentation
  • Renzo Pegoraro
    Expert in bioethics
  • Alberto Petrocelli
    Freelancer – Expert in animal welfare of animals used in experimentation
  • Licia Ravarotto
    Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie – Expert in training and communication