Roberto Chiocchetti, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences
University of Bologna, Italy
Phone: ++39/051/2097946


 July 15, 1992 Graduated from Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna
August-December 1992  Graduate Student at the Department of Normal Anatomy of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of The University of Bologna.
November 1992 Passed the State Examination (Licensing For the Profession of Veterinary Medicine)
September 17, 1996 PhD Degree (8th Cycle) in Morphology Compared With Human Animals


Dr. Roberto Chiocchetti was born in Rovereto (Trento) on 12/09/1964. He graduated from Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna on July 15, 1992, discussing the thesis "Biomechanical of the Vertebral Mammal of the Mammals" (Rapporteur: Prof. E. Callegari). August-December 1992 is a graduate student at the Department of Normal Anatomy of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna. In November 1992 he passed the State Examination (licensing for the profession of veterinary medicine).He obtained his PhD degree (8th cycle) in Morphology Compared With Human Animals on September 17, 1996 at the University of Naples Federico II, submitting a final dissertation titled: "Edinger's Core Cerebellar and Spinal Projections -Westphal in Mammals and Birds "(Tutor: Prof. G. Pelagalli, Rapporteur: R. Bortolami). In 2006 it was declared eligible for the "Comparative Evaluation Procedure for positions of Professor of Secondary Bandwidth Professor" QUARTA Session 2004 ", SSD VET / 01, at the University of Parma (Rectal Decree No. 399 of January 25 2006, Prot. 3523, Sec. 8, Sec. 3/2) (The documents transmitted to the Principal of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with a Rectal Code 3114 of 31 January 2006, as well as MIUR by Rectal 3113 of 31 January 2006. On July 12, 2007, Dr. Roberto Chiocchetti is called by the Alone of the Idonei from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna. On October 1, 2007, Dr. Roberto Chiocchetti takes up service as an Associate Professor at DIMORFIPA, University of Bologna. Since October 1, 2010 he has been appointed Professor Associate Confirmed at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna, disciplinary sector VET / 01 (Management Order No. 360-2011, No 6607 of 14 February 2011, Title / Class VII / 5).

Research Interest

  • Extrinsic and intrinsic innervation of the digestive system of mammals.
  • Nervous pathways utilized by prion pathogens during neuroinvasion in sheep and mice.
  • Innervation of the urinary bladder.
  • Mechanism of action of prokinetics in the dog and cat digestive system.
  • Cannabinoid receptors in the dog and cat digestive system.

Scientific Activities

Academic Years 1996/98 Teacher in “Veterinary Anatomohistological Methodology” (Degree in Biotechnology).
Academic Year 1998/2002 Teacher in “Anatomy of Domestic Animals” (Degree in Veterinary Medicine).
Academic Year 2000/01 Teacher in “Anatomy of the aquatic species” (Diploma Course in Hygiene and Animal Health – Aquaculture and Ichthyopatology)
Academic Years 2002/2014 Teacher in “Veterinary Topographic Anatomy” (Degree in Veterinary Medicine).
Academic Years 2008/09 – 2016/17 Teacher in “Systematic Comparative Veterinary Anatomy II”(Degree in Veterinary Medicine).
Since 2005 Member of the departmental board of the PhD
Since 2007 - 2014 Delegate of the Department for the Orientation of prospective Students
Since 2013 included in the EAEVE (European Association of Establishment for Veterinary Education) expert master list.


  1. C. Sorteni P. Clavenzani; R. Panu; L. Bo Minelli; F. Gazza; M. Botti; L. Accountants; R. Chiocchetti, A Morphometric and Neurochemical Study of Spinal Ganglion Neurons Involving the Syrup (Sus Scrofa) Urinary Bladder Trigon - Morfometric and Neurochemic Study of Neurones of Spinal Gangs Intended for The Presentation of The Vegetable Virgin Trigon (Sus Scrofa), In: Acts Viii Congress of Italian Association of Veterinary Morphologists, Bologna, Florence, Sn, In Press, 116, Pp.182–182.
  2. Botti M, Accountants L, Gazza F .; Sorteni C .; Russo D .; Bo Minelli L .; Chiocchetti R .; Panu R., Observations on The Location of Sensitive and Motor Neurons Related to Pigs Urinary Trigone - Observations on Localization of Sensitive Neurones and Motorcycles Related to The Trigonous of Urinary Vescicle of The Maiale Maschio , In: Acts Viii Congress of The Italian Association of Veterinary Morphologists, Bologna, Florence, Sn, In Press, 116, Pp.181–181.
  3. Maurizio Aragrande; Laura Stancampiano; Alessandra Pagliarani; Cristiano Bombardi; Roberto Chiocchetti; Paolo Clavenzani; Maximum Channels; Stefania Dall'olio; Ilaria Guarniero; Gloria Isani; Marco Tassinari; Fabiana Trombetti, Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching: How Economics Can Benefits? In: Proceedings of The Inaugural Isessah Conference, Frontiers In Veterinary Science, 2017.
  4. Sadeghinezhad J; Sheibani Mt; Memarian I, Chiocchetti R, Morphological Study of The Persian Leopard (Panthera Pardus Saxicolor) Tongue. "Anatomy Histology Embryology", 2017, 46, Pp.240–248.
  5. Polidoro, Giulia; Giancola, Fiorella; Fracassi, Federico; Pietra, Marco; Bettini, Giuliano; Asti, Martina; Chiocchetti, Roberto, Substance P And The Neurokinin-1 Receptor Expression In Dog Ileum With And Without Inflammation. "Research In Veterinary Science", 2017, 114, Pp.297–307.
  6. Giancola F; Torresan F; Repossi R; White F; Latorre R; Ioannou A; Guarino M.; Volta U; Clavenzani P; Mazzoni M; Chiocchetti R; Bazzoli F; Travagli Ra; Sternini C; De Giorgio R, Downregulation of Neuronal Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide In Parkinson's Disease And Chronic Constipation. "Neurogastroenterology & Motility", 2016, Pp.1–9.
  7. Giancola F; Gentilini F; Romagnoli N; Spadari A; Turba Me; Giunta M; Sadeghinezhad J; Sorteni C; Chiocchetti R. Extrinsic Innervation of Ileum and Pelvic Flexure of Foals With Ileocolonic Agglomeration., "Cell And Tissue Research", 2016, 366, Pp.13–22.
  8. Giancola F; Fracassi F; Gallucci A; Sadeghinezhad J; Polidoro G; Zini E; Asti M; Chiocchetti R, Quantification of Nitrergic Neurons in The Myenteric Plexus of Gastric Antrum and Ileum of Healthy and Diabetic Dogs. "Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical", 2016, 197, Pp.25–33.
  9. Chiocchetti R; Giancola F; Mazzoni M; Sorteni C; Romagnoli N; Stone M, Excitatory and Inhibitory Enteric Innervation of Horse Lower Esophageal Sphincter, "Histochemistry And Cell Biology", 2015, 143, Pp.625–635.
  10. F. Giancola; R. Latorre; F. Bianco; R. Reposs; F. Torresan; A. Ioannou; M. Guarino; G. Barbara; R. Chiocchetti; P. Clavenzani; M. Mazzoni; V. Stanghellini; P. Cortelli; C. Sternini; R. De Giorgio, Molecular Differences Underlying Chronic Constipation Vs. Constipated Parkinson's Disease Patients, "Neurogastroenterology and Motility", 2015, 27, Pp.9–9.
  11. Nadia De Sordi; Cristiano Bombardi; Roberto Chiocchetti; Paolo Clavenzani; Claudio Trerè, Marco Canova; Annamaria Grandis,A New Method of Producing Casts For Anatomical Studies, "Anatomical Science International, 2014, 89, Pp.255–265.
  12. Sorteni C; Clavenzani P; De Giorgio R; Sirri R; O Blemishes; By Biase A; Parmeggiani A; Menconi V; Chiocchetti R, Enteric Neuroplasticity In Seawater-Adapted European Eel, "Journal of Anatomy, 2014, 224, Pp.180–191.
  13. Limbs L; Sirri R; Gustinelli A; Quaglio F; Sarli G; Chiocchetti R 2013, Ocular Glioneuroma With Medulloepitheliomatous Differentiation in A Goldfish (Carassius Auratus), "Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation", 2014, 26, Pp.167–172.
  14. Zannoni A, Bombardi C, Dondi F, Morini M, Forni M, Chiocchetti R, Spadari A, Romagnoli N, Proteinase-Activated Receptor 2 Expression In The Intestinal Tract Of The Horse. "Research In Veterinary Science", 2014, 96, Pp.464–471.
  15. Cancedda Mg; Di Guardo G; Chiocchetti R; Demontis F; Marruchella G; Sorteni C; Maestrale C; Lai A; Ligios C., Role Of Palatine Tonsils As A Prion Entry Site In Classical And Atypical Experimental Sheep Scrapie, "Journal Of Virology", 2014, 88, Pp.1065-1070.
  16. Luca Fontanesi, Manuela Vargiolu, Emilio Scotti, Rocco Latorre, Maria Simonetta Faussone Pellegrini, Maurizio Mazzoni, Martina Asti, Roberto Chiocchetti, Giovanni Romeo, Paolo Clavenzani, Roberto De Giorgio, The Kit Gene Is Associated With The English Spotting Coat Color Locus And Congenital Megacolon In Checkered Giant Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus), "Plos One", 2014, 9, Pp.1–24.
  17. Gazza F; Botti M; Accountants L; Sorteni C; Russian D; Clavenzani P; Chiocchetti R; Bo Minelli L; Panu R, Distribution Pattern And Chemical Coding of Sympathetic Truncated Ganglia Neurons Supplying The Boar Urinary Bladder Trigone, Veterinary Research Communications, 2013, 37, Pp.252–252.
  18. Rocco Latorre; Maurizio Mazzoni; Roberto De Giorgio; Claudia Vallorani; Alessio Bonaldo; Pier Paolo Gatta; Roberto Corinaldesi; Eugenio Ruggeri; Chiara Bernardini; Roberto Chiocchetti; Catia Sternini; Paolo Clavenzani, Enteroendocrine Profile Of Α-Transducin Immunoreactive Cells In The Gastrointestinal Tract Of The European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax), "Fish Physiology And Biochemistry", 2013, 39, Pp. 1555–1565.
  19. Cristiano Bombardi; Annamaria Grandis; Anna Gardini; Caterina Sorteni; Paolo Clavenzani; Roberto Chiocchetti, Expression Of Β2 Adrenoceptors Within Enteric Neurons Of The Horse Ileum, "Research In Veterinary Science", 2013, 95, Pp.837–845.

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