Paolo Dalla Villa is the Head of Human-Animal relationship and Animal Welfare Laboratory at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G.Caporale" in Teramo (Italy).
In this position, he is responsible for coordinating research projects on farm and companion animal welfare and providing scientific support, technical assistance, training and capacity building to Veterinary Services, at national and international level.
From 2012 to 2015, he has been working as Seconded National Expert at the European Commission in Brussels and he dealt with the development and implementation of the EU policies on animal welfare, with particular reference to international cooperation and the EU policies for the protection of companion animals.
Since August 2016, he is responsible for the National Reference Centre for Veterinary Urban Hygiene and Non-Epidemic Emergencies (IUVENE) of the Italian Ministry of Health.
Dr. Dalla Villa also chairs the Steering Group of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare in Europe and the AWSEL Education Sub Committee.