The Doctorate in Veterinary Internal, Surgical and Obstetrical Clinical Sciences trains researchers capable of integrating themselves within public or private work contexts with skills allowing for project, management and coordination autonomy expendable in the field of veterinary clinical research and translational medicine, with public and private bodies, and in the pharmaceutical/technological/mangimistic industry.

Objectives of the course are pursued through:1. interdisciplinarity, ensuring a high qualification in the fields of research and innovation; 2. internationalisation, through courses and seminars run by foreign researchers and internship periods abroad; 3. a multi and interdisciplinary platform guaranteed by the confluence and integration of strategic sectors of veterinary medical education and translational medicine.


CUN Scientific Areas: 07 Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences

Scientific Subject Codes: VET/07, VET/08, VET/09, VET/10

Coordinator: Prof. Andrea Zatelli

Administrative office: Department of Veterinary Sciences, UNIBA


Duration: 3 years

Total positions with scholarship available: n. 4

⎯ n. 3 positions supported by the PNRR program based on DM 117/23 (one) and 118/23 (two)

⎯ n. 1 position sponsored by the University of Bari (UNIBA)

The available positions will be assigned based on the order of classification, up to the end of the available candidates. The positions with scholarship will be primarily assigned based on the order of classification. Thereafter positions without scholarship will be assigned.

Project: Efficacy of domperidone in improving the clinical picture of dogs with chronic kidney disease and potential impact on owners’ well-being in a one-health perspective.

Call for tender: DM 117/2023

Title Scholarship: medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary medical sciences

Research activity description: The efficacy of dopaminergic antagonists in improving renal plasma flow and glomerular filtration rate has been demonstrated in dogs since the ‘90s. In recent years, domperidone (a dopaminergic receptor antagonist) has been shown to be effective in slowing the progression of renal disease in the CanL affected with chronic kidney disease. It is of current interest to assess whether the proposed efficacy model can also be extended to the non-leishmaniotic dog. Furthermore, as chronic kidney disease can have a negative impact on the patient’s and owner’s quality of life, the evaluation of improved survival time and well-being is also of interest from a one-health perspective.

Project: Near-infrared / Indocyanine green (NIR/ICG): a new navigation system in veterinary surgery.

Call for tender: DM 118/2023

Title Scholarship: medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary medical sciences

Research activity description: The project aims to further investigate the employment of Near-infrared / Indocyanine green (NIR/ICG) technology as a navigation system in veterinary surgery as a translational model for human medicine to provide real-time visualization of anatomical structures during surgical procedures.

The research is based on the study of this innovative technology in a multi-disciplinary view with ONE-Health approach in order to expand the knowledge about the technique, efficacy and safety in spontaneous small animal disease models in order to implement the possibilities of use in guided surgery in precision medicine, improving the care of both human and animal patients. The objectives of the study will be: identification of tumor margins and metastatic lymph nodes; evaluation of tissue perfusion and flow monitoring; and mapping of the lymphatic system.

Project: Innovative interventions and therapies to improve fertility in farm animals reducing the use of antibiotics.

Call for tender: DM 118/2023

Title Scholarship: medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary medical sciences

Research activity description: It is now well known that antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and hormones are widely used in animal husbandry, both for prevention and treatment of common diseases, such as mastitis, metritis…but 50-80% of the active ingredient ends up in milk, meat and soil, posing health risks to consumers. The drugs and/or hormones are, in fact, eliminated with animal dejections, which is also often used as fertilizer for agricultural use. This results in the wider contamination of both surface and deep waters through leachate, dispersion and runoff. This project, therefore, aims to develop innovative therapies that can reduce the use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and hormones, in livestock farms, with a view to One Health.

Admission requirements:

LM-42 Veterinary medicine

Admission tests: The selection will be based on titles, the evaluation of the research project regarding the themes of the doctorate, and an oral examination. The research project will be preventively sent by the candidate together with the admission documents. The research project (maximum 3000 words excluding the bibliography) is mandatory for the admission to the oral examination and should include at least the following fields: scientific background, aim of the study, methodology (including the statistical analysis), expected results, perspectives and possible advantages.

The candidate will be admitted to the oral examination only if the evaluation of the titles and research project got a positive evaluation. During the oral examination, the knowledge of the English language, will be also evaluated.

Admission tests for foreigners:

Foreign candidates can choose to take the entrance exam in Italian or English

Admission exam dates and time:

Qualification: 28/07/2023 at 09.30 am Proposed project: 28/07/2023 at 03.00 pm

Oral interview: 31/07/2023 at 09.30 am Aula V Anno Campus di Medicina Veterinaria (UNIBA)


Candidates holding one of the following qualifications are eligible regardless of their citizenship and age (with the exception of those candidates who apply for an apprenticeship who must not be over 29):

  1. degree awarded under the system “vecchio ordinamento” in place prior to the one introduced by Ministerial Decree(D.M.) no. 509 of 03 November 1999, amended by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 270 of 22 October 2004;
  2. “laurea specialistica” or “laurea magistrale” (second cycle degree);
  3. second-level academic qualification (“titoli accademici di secondo livello”) awarded by Institutions belonging to the AFAM (“Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale”) sector;
  4. Master’s degree awarded abroad, recognised as such solely for the purpose of admission to the competition.

A) Admission to the selection for the candidates with an academic degree conferred abroad:

Those in possession of a degree from a foreign university which has not yet been declared equivalent to an Italian degree will have to apply for their equivalence solely for the purposes of admission to the Ph.D. programme for which they intend to apply.

In such case, in order to allow for assessment of the qualification, application for participation must be accompanied, by the following documentation:

  • (In the case of Italian and EU citizens) Self-certification, according to D.P.R. 445/2000 and subsequent modifications, of the academic qualification obtained with details of examinations, the relative results and the legal duration of the programme.
  • (Non-EU citizens) A certificate attesting to the academic qualification obtained with details of examinations, the relative results and the legal duration of the programme together with a translation into Italian and/or english. The translation must be signed under the applicant’s own responsibility in order to allow the qualification to be recognized.

The suitability of qualifications obtained abroad will be evaluated by the Judging Commission in accordance with the regulations in force in Italy and in the country where the qualification was obtained and relative treaties and international agreements on the recognition of qualifications for the continuation of studies.

In case of admission to the Ph.D. programme, applicants must submit, within 60 days from the date of registration, the following documentation:

  1. Curricular qualifications translated into Italian and legalized by the relevant Italian diplomatic or consular representations abroad;
  2. “Certificate of equivalence of qualification” of the foreign qualification issued by the relevant diplomatic or consular representations abroad; alternatively, the Certificate of comparability of the foreign university qualification issued by the ENIC-NARIC center in Italy (CIMEA) can be presented, which contains all the information necessary for the evaluation of the qualification.

In order to enter Italy, citizens of non-EU countries residing abroad must register on the Universitaly portal and apply for an entry visa (postgraduate visa type D) at the competent Italian Embassy or Consulate.

In case of doubts about the qualification validity, the University also reserve the right to request the “Certificate of equivalence of qualification” to those who have obtained a qualification in a European Union country.

B) Admission to the selection for candidates who have not yet received the degree.

Candidates who are going to obtain the qualification necessary for entry to the Ph.D. programme may also apply if they are to obtain their qualification by and no later than 30 September 2023. Failure to gain the relevant qualifications by this date will result in exclusion from the call.

These candidates will be admitted sub condicione and no later than 30 September 2023 must send by PEC ( ) and email to  the self-certification (or certification in the case of qualifications obtained abroad) with date and handwritten signature, accompanied by a copy of a valid photo identification document indicating:

  • the name of the university issuing the qualification;
  • date of completion of the qualification;
  • type of qualification (specialist/master/old cycle degree, second level academic degree issued by institutions belonging to AFAM);
  • final result.

Candidates who, for whatever reason, do not communicate the obtainment of the relevant qualification by the deadlines indicated or who send incomplete, incorrect applications, by different means or to different addresses other than those indicated above will be excluded from the call.


The application for participation in the selection must be submitted using only the appropriate procedure made available at:  no later than July 20, 2023 at 12.00 pm (Italian time) under penalty of exclusion from the selection.

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