Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e Toscana (IZSLT) is a public health control institution with a technical, administrative and managerial autonomy.
It operates as a technical and scientific instrument within the National Public Health Service for the Latium and Tuscany Regions (Central Italy) as well as for the Italian State.
The headquarters is located in Rome (RM), in conjunction with the local departments in Arezzo (AR), Florence (FI), Grosseto (GR), Pisa (PI), Siena (SI) in the Tuscany Region; Latina (LT), Frosinione (FR) Viterbo (VT) and Rieti (RI) in the Latium Region.
IZSLT mission is:
- control and improve animal health
- protection animal welfare
- control the animal breeding to guarantee the animal productions quality
- control the food of animal origin and feedstuffs safety in order to protect the consumers’ health
This mission is carried out through the following activities:
- animal diseases and zoonoses diagnostic services;
- laboratory test to determine the clinical and welfare status of animals;
- food and feedstuffs control by means microbiological, chemical physical and organolectic examinations;
- technical and scientific support to the action on veterinary drug-monitoring;
- experimental research in the field of animal health and welfare, food safety and hygiene of farming and livestock products;
- studies on animal welfare and development and application of alternatives to the use of animal experimental models;
- studies, experiments and production technologies and techniques needed to monitor the safety of food of animal origin and animal feed;
- scientific and technological cooperation at national and international levels;
- epidemiological surveillance on animal health and food safety, on health of livestock and livestock products, including the environmental factors;
- risks analysis linked to the animals and animal products;
- the production of culture media, autovaccines;
- support, technical assistance, training and hygiene information to breeders and manufacturers of food of animal origin;
- training of veterinarians and other operators of the National Health Service and of other countries.
“Sheep and cattle in the Roman country landscape” (Enzo Rossi, 1950s)
Fresco in the Conference Hall in the headquarters in Rome