Agnoletti Fabrizio

Fabrizio Agnoletti | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Director
Department SCT2 – Treviso, Belluno and Venezia
Phone +39 0422 302302

Professional profile

Since 2003 Fabrizio Agnoletti has been Director of the SCT2 department of IZSVe. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine (University of Bologna), with a postgraduate specialization in Veterinary Public Health (University of Milan), the post-graduate diploma of the Scientific Research School of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (Brescia, Italy) and a Master’s in Public Administration Management  (CUOA Foundation, Altavilla Vicentina, Vicenza, Italy).

He is skilled in microbiology and diagnosis of animal infectious diseases, with a specific interest in laboratory phenotypic (including mass spectrometry) and molecular (PCRs, MLST, PFGE, ribotyping) methods to identify and characterize microorganisms of veterinary interest, including antimicrobial resistant/multi-resistant bacteria. He is an expert in rabbit diseases.

His research interests are in the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases of rabbits and molecular characterization of bacteria, with special skills in Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), evaluation and molecular characterization of antimicrobial resistance and the application of mass spectrometry to bacteriology.

He is scientific supervisor of the following research projects: CIQUAS (Coniglio italiano di qualità superiore [Superior quality Italian rabbits]), funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture; research project IZSVe 20/12 Indirect evaluation of rabbit welfare by antimicrobial consumption and antimicrobial resistance monitoring in meat production farms. He is participating Unit of the research project RC IZSVe  02/13 “Development  of a surveillance programme against mastitis in dairy cow herds. He is also scientific supervisor of several studies commissioned by international pharmaceutical companies aimed to assess the in vitro efficacy of various active substances against bacterial pathogens of rabbit.


  • Spigaglia P., Drigo I., Barbanti F., Mastrantonio P., Bano L., Bacchin C., Puiatti C., Tonon E., Berto G., Agnoletti F. (2014) Characterization of Clostridium difficile strains isolated from swine and dogs in Italy. Anaerobe. 2014 Oct 12. pii: S1075-9964(14)00146-2. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2014.10.003. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Agnoletti F., Mazzolini E., Bacchin C., Bano L., Berto G., Rigoli R., Muffato G., Coato P., Tonon E., Drigo I. (2014). First reporting of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST398 in an industrial rabbit holding and in farm-related people.Veterinary Microbiology 170, 172-177
  • Bano L., Drigo I., Tonon E., Giovanardi D., Morandini E., Agnoletti F. (2013) Rice Hulls as a possible source of Clostridium botulinum type C spores for poultry. Veterinary Records 173: 427-428.
  • Gallina G., Lucatello L., Drigo I., Cocchi M., Scandurra S., Agnoletti F., Montesissa C. (2010). Kinetics and intrapulmonary disposition of tilmicosin after single repetaed oral bolus administration to rabbits. Vet.Res. Commun., 34, S69-S72
  • Agnoletti F., Ferro T., Guolo A., Marcon B., Cocchi M., Drigo I., Mazzolini E., Bano L. (2009). A survey of Clostridium spiroforme antimicrobial susceptibility in rabbit breeding. Vet. Microbiol. 136, 188-191.
  • Bano L., Drigo I., Bacchin C., Marcon B., Cocchi M., Bonci M., Vascellari M., Agnoletti F. (2009). Application of a PCR method for the diagnosis of ulcerative enteritis: preliminary results.  Ital. J. Anim. Sci., 8, 757-760.
  • Drigo I., Agnoletti F., Bacchin C., Guolo A., Cocchi M., Bonci M., Bano L. (2009). Diffusion of Clostridium perfringens NetB positive strains in healthy and diseased chickens. Ital. J. Anim. Sci., 8, 761-764.
  • Vascellari M., Cocchi M., Gallina A., Marchioro W., Agnoletti F., Angeletti R., Mutinelli F. (2009). Melamine-induced canine nephrotoxicosis in Italy. Journal of Comparative Pathology. 141, 268.
  • Bano L., Merialdi G., Bonilauri P., Dall’Anese G., Capello K., Comin D., Cattoli G., Sanguinetti V., Hampson D. J. and Agnoletti F. (2008). Prevalence, disease associations and risk factors for colonization with intestinal spirochaetes (Brachyspira spp.) in flocks of laying hens in north-eastern Italy. Avian Pathology, 37:3, 281-286.
  • Drigo I., Bacchin C., Cocchi M., Bano L., Agnoletti F. (2008). Development of PCR protocols for specific identification of Clostridium spiroforme and detection of binary-toxin genes in stool specimens and bacterial isolates. Vet. Microbiol. 131, 414-418.