The Veterinary Services were established in 1920. They serve as an autonomous unit within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Veterinary Services - Main Areas of Activity
• Prevention of diseases among animals and zoonotic diseases, and their eradication.
• Diagnosing such diseases and conducting studies on them.
• Supervising the import and export of animals and their products.
• Veterinary medicine research and development.
• Testing disinfection products, pesticides and vaccines for animals - their licensing and supervision of their use; * Licensing factories manufacturing vaccines an supervising them.
• Licensing (jointly with the Ministry of Health) of veterinary medicines.
• Supervision and guiding of the public bodies working in the field of animal health and their products, such as the veterinary departments in the local authorities and the Egg and Poultry Board.
• Licensing slaughterhouses and abattoirs and primary supervision of the slaughter of animals for the domestic market and for export.
• Licensing of factories processing animal-based products for export, and primary supervision of their activities.
• Primary supervision of animal-origin wastage.
• Primary supervision of animal-related business licensing, licensing businesses related to animal-related feed, vaccines and products, through the services of the Authority’s veterinarians.
• Maintaining a nationwide tracking program for hazardous residues in animal-based food products.
• Prevention of cruelty to animals and safeguarding their well-being.
• Primary supervision on rabies, including preventing its spread among wildlife.
• Primary supervision of the licensing of dogs and dealing with dog bites.
• Licensing the veterinarians and handling complaints against them.
• Initiation and advancement of secondary legislation and the directives of the veterinary legislation.
• Representation of Israel in the relevant international organizations.
• Maintaining bilateral contacts with the various countries in their areas of responsibility.
• Training and outreach to the various circles of the profession and the general public on veterinary issues.
• Implementation of the veterinary aspects of the Autonomy and Peace Treaties.
As part of these activities, close contacts are maintained between the veterinary services and “Hachaklait”; with farmer organizations and the production councils (dairy and poultry); the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine; various government ministries, especially the Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of the Environment; the Center for Local Government; industrialist organizations specializing in animal-based foods and consumer organizations; the Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture; organizations for the prevention of cruelty to animals; the Standards Institute; the international organizations – W.T.O., F.A.O., W.H.O., O.I.E; the European Union; the U.S.D.A; USAID. And others.
Source of Authority
The legal basis for the network of authorities and activities of the veterinary services stems from five main laws:
A. Animal Diseases Ordinance.
B. Rabies Ordinance.
C. The Control on Exports of Animals and Animal Products Law.
D. The Veterinarians Law.
E. Animal Cruelty Prevention Law (Animal protection).
In addition, the Veterinary Services have been assigned duties under the Pharmacists Ordinance, the Licensing of Businesses Law, the Law for Betterment of Agricultural Production (animals) and the Animal Cruelty Prevention Law (Experimentation on Animals).
Organization and Presence
A. The veterinary services headquarters, the veterinary institute and the service and administration are located in the Agricultural City Site in Beit Dagan.
B. The rest of the units of the veterinary services are: six veterinary bureaus, five fowl disease laboratories and seven border crossings (*).