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Clinical Veterinary Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit

Description of Research Activity

Research in this Unit is conducted both on small and large animals. The fields of interest can be summarized as follows:

Large animals (Prof. L. Vincenti, Prof. G. Quaranta, Dr. A. Ricci).  

  • Bovine endometritis with special focus on sub clinical endometritis.
  • Methods of estrous synchronization and pregnancy diagnosis, in cooperation with the Dairy Science University of Wisconsin.
  • Bovine gynaecological surgery, in cooperation with the University of Montreal.
  • Semen analysis and preservation. Computer Assisted Analysis.
  • Cooperation projects in different countries of sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central America, Ethiopia: reproductive pathologies and reproductive technologies, cross-breeding and milk processing.

Equine (Dr. T. Nervo)

  • Causes of mare infertility: endometritis, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Semen analysis and cryopreservation; Computer Assisted Analysis.
  • Equine neonatology, in cooperation with Equus srl (Vigone, Torino).

Small animals (Prof. A. Rota, Dr. P. Ponzio, Dr. A. Starvaggi Cucuzza)

  • Canine reproductive physiology and clinics: oestrous induction, luteal functionality, effect of thyroid functionality on reproduction. Perinatal mortality; diffusion and meaning of resistant bacteria colonizing breeding dogs and their puppies (in cooperation with the “Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie”).
  • Dog andrology: comparison of different methods of semen freezing; semen quality assessment, both in vitro and in vivo.
  • Feline reproductive physiology and clinics: semen collection and analysis, assisted reproduction.

Reproductive biotechnologies (Prof. L. Vincenti, Dr. T. Nervo)

  • Superovulation and embryo-transfer, in bovine also as a means of genetic rescue of endangered breeds, with the financial support of the Regional Office of Agriculture.
  • Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer in bovine and equine.
  • In vitro production and manipulation of bovine and equine gametes (oocytes and sperm) and embryos: oocyte and embryo cryopreservation (vitrification).
  • In vitro sperm capacitation and hyperactivation.
  • Bovine and equine umbilical cord stem cells.

Birds, exotic and wild animals (Prof. G. Quaranta, Dr. P. Ponzio, Dr. A. Starvaggi Cucuzza, Dr. A. Dogliero)

  • Semen collection and analysis Computer Assisted Analysis; evaluation of different extenders and cryoprotective agents; semen freezing for genetic rescue of endangered species. Assisted reproduction.
  • Marine mammals: reproductive physiology and clinics: reproduction management, endocrine monitoring of reproductive activity.
  • Wild boar: reproductive physiology and monitoring of reproductive activity.

Other researches (Prof. A. Rota, Dr. P. Ponzio)

  • The anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in the bovine: serum concentration in males, females and freemartins from birth to puberty; expression of AMH in foetal freemartin gonads. Sexual functional differences in bovine hypothalamic nuclea (in cooperation with the University of Padua).
  • Hormonal patterns and behavioural aspects in different animal species (dog, cat, horse and donkey), during Animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy.


Staff of the Unit

Giuseppe QUARANTA Full Professor
Leila VINCENTI Full Professor
Ada ROTA Associate Professor
Tiziana NERVO Assistant Professor
Patrizia PONZIO Assistant Professor
Alessandro RICCI Assistant Professor
Alessandro STARVAGGI CUCUZZA Assistant Professor
Maria Grazia POLETTO Technician
Paola PREGEL Technician


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