Tavella Alexander

Tavella Alexander | IZSVe Role Director
Structure SCT6 – Bolzano
Phone +39 0471 633062
E-mail atavella@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Alexander Tavella is the director of the peripheral diagnostic laboratory SCT6 – Bolzano of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie.

He graduated in Veterinary medicine from the University of Vienna (Austria) and obtained his doctorate from the same University (Institute of Breeding and Genetics). He undertook a postgraduate specialization in Breeding, hygiene and pathology in aquatic species from the University of Padua (Italy). He currently works for the Diagnostic service of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) in Bolzano where he coordinates the Serology laboratory and the technical assistance unit. Since December 2018, he has been appointed as Director of SCT6 – Bolzano. In addition, he provides consultancy to professional operators specializing in pathologies of domestic ruminants.

Alexander Tavella’s research interests include infectious diseases with particular emphasis on viral and bacterial pathogens in livestock. He currently cooperates with the Institute of Virology, University of Bern (Switzerland), in research on small ruminant lentiviruses.


  • Colorio S., Bettini A., Vascellari M., Zanardello C., Stefani A., Gobbo F., Ceglie L., Niederfriniger S., Covi A., Tavella A. (2021). Diagnostic Challenge in Veterinary Pathology: Cutaneous Nodules in a Cow. Veterinary Pathology – ID VET-20-DC-0344.R3 – accepted, in press
  • Pozzato N., D’Este L., Gagliazzo L., Vascellari M., Cocchi M., Agnoletti F., Bano L., Barberio A., Dellamaria D., Gobbo F., Schiavon E., Tavella A., Trevisiol K., Viel L., Vio D., Catania S., Vicenzoni G. (2021). Business Intelligence tools to improve the appropriateness of the diagnostic process for clinical and epidemiological purposes in a multicentre veterinary pathology service. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 33, 439-447, DOI: 10.1177/10406387211003163
  • Gregory L., Gaeta N., Bettini A., Ceol M., Tavella A. (2020). Use of a commercial ELISA kit specific for glycoprotein E peptides to indirectly detect Caprine Herpesvirus 1 (CpHV-1) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Arquivos do Instituto Biológico 87(3-4):1-4, DOI: 10.1590/1808-1657000012020
  • Colorio S., Toffan A., Lewisch E., Dalla Pozza M., Stifter E., Pircher A., Meraner A., Bettini A., Tavella A. (2020). Koi herpesvirus disease outbreak: Input for the implementation of a surveillance program in South Tyrol – Italy. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 181, 105089, DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105089
  • Nardelli S., Bettini A., Capello K., Bertoni G., Tavella A. (2020). Eradication of caprine arthritis encephalitis virus in the goat population of South Tyrol, Italy: analysis of the tailing phenomenon during the 2016-2017 campaign. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 32, 589-593, DOI: 10.1177/1040638720934055
  • Tavella A., Bettini A., Cocchi M., Idrizi I., Colorio S., Viel L., Zanardello C., Zanolari P. (2018). Isolation of Streptococcus agalactiae in a female llama (Lama glama) in South Tyrol (Italy). BMC Veterinary Research 14:343, DOI: 10.1186/s12917-018-1676-9
  • Tavella A., Bettini A., Ceol M., Zambotto P., Stifter E., Kusstatscher N., Lombardi R., Nardelli S., Beato M.S., Capello K., Bertoni G. (2017). Achievements of an eradication program against caprine arthritis encephalitis virus in South Tyrol, Italy. Veterinary Record 182 (2), 53, DOI: 10.1136/vr.104503
  • Tavella A., Stefani A., Zanardello C., Bettini A., Gauly M., Zanolari P. (2016). Dystrophic mineralization of the arterial fibrovascular tissue associated with a vitamin D hypervitaminosis in an 8-year-old female Alpaca (Vicugna pacos). Irish Veterinary Journal, 69: 19, DOI: 10.1186/s13620-016-0078-1
  • Armani M., Macori G., Gallina S., Tavella A., Giusti M., Paolazzi G., Trentini L., Rabini M., Decastelli L., Lombardo D. (2016). Coagulase positive staphylococci and food poisoning toxins – A case study of an outbreak investigation occurred in a shepherd hut. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 45: 464, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2016.02.983
  • Bano L., Drigo I., Tonon E., Berto G., Tavella A., Woudstra C., Capello K., Agnoletti F. (2015). Evidence for a natural humoral response in dairy cattle affected by persistent botulism sustained by non-chimeric type C strains. Anaerobe 36, 25-29
  • Tavella A., Trevisiol K., Morosetti G., Robatscher E., Piffer C., Regele D., Simeoni J., Fugatti A. (2014). Q fever: The importance of surveillance in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy). International Journal of Infectious Diseases 21, Supplement 1, 189, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2014.03.814
  • Tavella A., Morosetti G., Caresia S., Ciavatta P., Trevisiol K., Armani M.C., Stifter E., Piffer C, Bano L., Lombardo D. (2014). Fatal Acute Type C botulism outbreak in a Holstein Friesian dairy herd in northern Italy. Journal of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry 1 (5): 502, DOI: 10.15744/2348-9790.1.502
  • Catania S., Tavella A., Gobbo F., Nicholas R.A.J. Isolation of Mycoplasma bovigenitalium from infertile dairy cattle (2014). Veterinary Record Case Reports 2014; 2: e00005. doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000055
  • Armani M., Tavella A., Ceschi P., Idrizi I., Simmerle J., La Spisa M., Leitner I., Rabini M., Covi A., Lombardo D. (2014). Integrated management of a human campylobacteriosis outbreak in South Tyrol (Italy). International Journal of Infectious Diseases 21, Supplement 1, 182-183, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2014.03.801
  • Tavella A., Zambotto P., Stifter E., Lombardo D., Rabini M. Robatscher E., Brem G. (2021). Retrospektive Auswertung von Daten über 5 Jahre BVDV-Bekämpfungsprogramm mittels Ohrgewebeproben in der Autonomen Provinz Bozen. Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift BMTW, 125, 7-8 326-331
  • Natale A., Bucci G., Capello K., Barberio A., Tavella A., Nardelli S., Marangon S., Ceglie L. (2012). Old and new diagnostic approaches for Q Fever diagnosis: Correlation among serological (CFT, ELISA) and molecular analyses. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 35 (4), 375-379