Neiker-Tecnalia, the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, is a nonprofit state-owned company assigned to the Department of Environment, Regional Planning, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Basque Government.
Good animal health is a critical factor in ensuring the viability and sustainability of the food sector, which is the largest single economic sector in the EU. The impact of an animal disease outbreak can vary widely, usually posing a direct risk to animals and often public health. However, there can also be other negative indirect impacts, such as economic or social effects, including costs to livestock farmers and related industries, public sector costs of eradication and monitoring, and changes in consumption patterns (EU Animal Health Impact Assessment, 2013). Often, disease outbreaks also have significant impacts on international trade of animals and animal products. Animal diseases can also affect wild animals, and may have a negative environmental impact on wild animal populations and on biodiversity. The Department of Animal Health of Neiker-Tecnalia protects and improves the health, quality, and marketability of animal products and veterinary biologics by preventing, controlling and/or eliminating animal diseases, and monitoring and promoting animal health and productivity.