Catania Salvatore

Catania Salvatore | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Director
Structure SCT1 – Verona
WOAH Reference Laboratory for Avian Mycoplasmosis
Phone +39 049 8084288

Professional profile

Salvatore Catania is the director of the peripheral diagnostic laboratory SCT1 – Verona of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie. Since 2022 is also Director of the WOAH Reference Laboratory for Avian Mycoplasmosis (M. gallisepticum and M. synoviae).

He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Messina (Italy) and obtained a PhD in Morphology of birds and fish at the same University. In 2015, he became de facto recognized Specialist in Poultry Veterinary Science appointed by the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science. In 2004-2005, he cooperated with the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) through scholarships and in 2006 he worked at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia.

Hired by IZSVe in 2007, he works at the  peripheral diagnostic laboratory SCT1 – Verona , where he is responsible for the Avian Medicine Laboratory. He is the supervisor of 3 different Units, namely Avian Diagnostic Unit, Mycoplasma Unit and Monoclonal Antibodies Unit.

Salvatore Catania’s research interests include gross pathological and bacteriology issues, with particular emphasis on Mycoplasmosis of veterinary species and Avian Pathology. He is currently working on the following activities: development of a sensitive anti-Mycoplasma antigen test; biofilm and avian mycoplasma species as a potential critical point in the containment of pathogens; implementation of methods for mycoplasma detection and genotyping; use of  the minimum inhibitory concentration to study sensibility patterns in mycoplasma species.


  • Moronato, ML., Ustulin, M., Vio, D., Nicholas, RAJ., Catania, S. (2017) Diagnosis and control of a severe outbreak of lameness caused by Mycoplasma hyosynoviae in a closed pig unit. Veterinary Record Case Reports 5: e000500. doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2017-000500
  • Rosales RS, Puleio R, Loria GR, Catania S, Nicholas RAJ. Mycoplasmas: Brain invaders? Res Vet Sci. 2017 Sep 5;113:56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2017.09.006. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Catania S, Gobbo F, Bilato D, Gagliazzo L, Moronato ML, Terregino C, Bradbury JM, Ramírez AS. Two strains of Mycoplasma synoviae from chicken flocks on the same layer farm differ in their ability to produce eggshell apex abnormality. Vet Microbiol. 2016 Sep 25;193:60-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.08.007.
  • Catania S, Gobbo F, Ramirez AS, Guadagnini D, Baldasso E, Moronato ML, Nicholas RA. Laboratory investigations into the origin of Mycoplasma synoviae isolated from a lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor). BMC Vet Res. 2016 Mar 12;12(1):52. doi: 10.1186/s12917-016-0680-1.
  • Barberio A, Flaminio B, De Vliegher S, Supré K, Kromker V, Garbarino C, Arrigoni N, Zanardi G, Bertocchi L, Gobbo F, Catania S, Moroni P. Short communication: In vitro antimicrobial susceptibility of Mycoplasma bovis isolates identified in milk from dairy cattle in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. J Dairy Sci. 2016 May 18. pii: S0022-0302(16)30275-2. doi: 10.3168/jds.2015-10572.
  • Lysnyansky I, Gerchman I, Flaminio B, Catania S. Decreased Susceptibility to Macrolide-Lincosamide in Mycoplasma synoviae Is Associated with Mutations in 23S Ribosomal RNA. Microb Drug Resist. 2015 Mar 3. doi:10.1089/mdr.2014.0290.
  • Rosales RS, Churchward CP, Schnee C, Sachse K, Lysnyansky I, Catania S, Iob L, Ayling RD, Nicholas RA. Global Multilocus Sequence Typing Analysis of Mycoplasma bovis Isolates Reveals Two Main Population Clusters. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Mar;53(3):789-94. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01910-14. Epub 2014 Dec 24.
  • Catania S., Gobbo F., Rodio S., Fincato A., Qualtieri K., Santone C., Nicholas R.A.J.. First Isolation of Mycoplasma iowae in Grey Partridge Flocks. Avian Diseases 58(2):323-325. 2014..doi:
  • S. Catania, F. Gobbo, D. Bilato, A. Fincato, G. Battanolli, L. Iob. Isolation of Mycoplasma iowae in commercial turkey flocks. Letters in Veterinary Record, 28 Gennaio 2012. Pag. 107-108.doi: 10.1136/vr.e645.
  • Salvatore Catania, Dania Bilato, Federica Gobbo, Anna Granato, Calogero Terregino, Luciano Iob and Robin A. J. Nicholas. Treatment of Eggshell Abnormalities and Reduced Egg production Caused by Mycoplasma synoviae Infection. Avian Diseases 54:961-964, 2010.