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The Società Italiana di Patologia Aviare (S.I.P.A.) – the Italian branch of the World Veterinary Poultry Association.- was one of the very first specialised veterinary associations established in Italy. It was founded in 1961, driven by the evolution of modern poultry farming and the industry’s need for an advocacy group qualified in avian pathology. Since its foundation, S.I.P.A. has been involved in the organisation of conventions, round table discussions, and other activities related to the sharing of scientific information and research. Currently, the association has 150 registered regular members in good standing, subdivided as follows: 27% are researchers from public institutions (universities and zootechnical/ veterinary institutes), 24% are researchers from the private sector (pharmaceutical industry), 24% are veterinarians employed by specialised poultry breeders (integrated groups), 5% are veterinarians employed by public services, and the remaining 20% hold other professional positions (professional practitioners, consultants and experts with feed product manufacturers).

S.I.P.A. - Board of Directors
President – Prof. Mattia Cecchinato, Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health, University of Padova, Italy
Secretary - Prof. Elena Catelli, Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
Vice President - Dr. Davide Giovanardi, Tre Valli Laboratory, Verona, Italy
Member - Dr. Salvatore Catania, Diagnostic Service, Avian Medicine Laboratory, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Verona, Italy
Member - Dr. Giacomo Berto, Veterinary Officer Local Health Authority, Vicenza, Italy
Member - Dr. Rossella Pedicone, Unaitalia, National Association of the agri-food supply chains meat and eggs, Roma, Italy
Member - Dr. Diego Da Ros, Amadori Group, Cesena, Italy
Member - Dr.ssa Silvia Alberti Zoetis, Roma, Italy
Member - Dr.ssa Sonia Falappa, Fileni Group, Macerata, Italy


WVPA - the World Veterinary Poultry Association

The World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) is a global professional association for poultry veterinarians and other avian health professionals. WVPA is run by an elected Executive and holds a Global Congress every two years.

Its members come from all around the world and are in academia, research, government, industry and practice.