University of Pisa

Master degree in Veterinary Clinical Ethology for veterinarians

This post-graduate course is academically recognised and accredited, and it allows to be recognised as experts in animal behaviour (veterinary behaviourist) in Italy by FNOVI. The course offers a training programme of around 400 hours dealing with the following areas: basic and applied ethology, anthrozoology, animal welfare science, animal learning and training, behavioural medicine, behavioural therapy, psychopharmacology, workshop on clinical cases. Lectures are held by professionals, many of them diplomates of the ECAWBM. The students of the Master can count on the small animal behavioural service operating at the Department of Veterinary Science – University of Pisa. The diploma can be obtained after passing the tests, presenting and discussing clinical cases with a supervisor, and dissertino a thesis.

 For more information contact the Director Dr. Angelo Gazzano Tel: 0039-050-2216843

A residency program for the European College ECAWBM – subspeciality in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals) is available at the facility.

Master in “Veterinary Clinical Ethology” level II

In partnership with the  Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology (IRSEA) two identical courses will be available: one at the University of Pisa which courses will be held in Italian. The second at The Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology, in Apt, which will be held in French.
The proposed program covers 18 months and delivers a level II university degree, a “Master of Science” (MSc).
for registration and questions contact Dr. Gazzano or IRSEA

University of Milano

Post Graduate Specialization School in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare (3 years) certifying veterinary behaviourists for veterinarians. Admission test with written and oral examination. The Specialisation School,  is academically recognised and accredited at post-graduate level and offers a training programme (200 hours per year) in the following areas: Principles of ethology, Animal welfare science, Theory of animal learning, Functional anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate nervous and endocrine systems, Genetics, Psychopharmacology, Family psychology, Clinical procedures, Animal law,  Research methods, experimental design, qualitative and quantitative analysis and critical evaluation of data. The practical part of the Specialization School is supported by the activity of the Behavioral Clinic where the students 3 times a week can face directly with clients supervised by a diplomate and specialist. Examination: written and oral exam every year, thesis presentation at the end of the course.

Behavioural clinic website. 

Director of the School: Prof. Elisabetta Canali; Tel. 0039 02 50318027
Clinical facility: Dr Clara Palestrini. For more info please contact:;

Residency program for the European College ECAWBM – subspeciality in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)

University of Parma

Master degree in cognitive-anthozoological behavioural medicine for veterinarians (1 year). The course has a total of 500 hours divided into lectures and practice.  Director of the Master: Prof. Fausto Quintavalla.

We will happily answer any questions you might have about the ESVCE or veterinary clinical ethology