Veterinary Center
“Il Mondo degli Animali Esotici”

Via San Martino 92-94-96R – 16131 Genova

Medical Director
Dr. Maddalena Iannaccone

Veterinary Surgeon Specialized in Hygiene,
Pathology and Breeding of Aquatic Animals

Phone: (+39) 010 9820514

Mobile: (+39) 391 4095821

Mobile: (+39) 333 8663951

Web site:

Ability and work:

  • Exotic Animals Veterinary Medicine
  • Fish Veterinary Medicine
  • Managing health care in a controlled environment

Specialist consultant at:

  • “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche” (CNR), Stabulario di Anfibi e Roditori – Genova
  • “Giardino Zoologico Città di Pistoia” (Pistoia)
  • “Studio Veterinario Bocchini” (Genova)
  • “Centro Veterinario Imperiese” (Imperia)
  • “Centro Veterinario Caleidos” Albissola Superiore (Savona)


January 2008 Veterinary Specialist Consulting for Exotic Animal Medicine

  • EXOTIC ANIMALS: reptiles, amphibians, rodents, birds, small mammals: Quarantine and therapy. Performing of veterinary protocols for amateur breeding. Prophylaxis. Diagnostic tests (medical examination, diagnostic samples). Blood tests (complete blood count with differential and biochemical tests). Microbiological swabs with antibiograms. Ultrasound, X-rays, CT scans, surgery. Obstetrics and Gynecology. Orthopedics. Orthodontics. Necropsy.
  • FISH: Medical examinations, transport, quarantine, treatments. Test analysis for assessment of physico-chemical quality of water in the aquarium (monitoring of activation and maintenance of biological filters). Performing of veterinary protocols for freshwater and saltwater fish. Prophylaxis. Diagnostic tests. Blood tests (CBC with differential).
    Microbiological swabs with antibiograms. Biopsies of animals under anesthesia. Ultrasound, X-rays, CT scans, surgery. Necropsy.
  • tamponeMARINE MAMMALS. Collaboration with Water Parks and rehabilitation centers in emergency situations.
  • OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED: Collaboration with the CFS – Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Cites Service.
    Partnership with the Animal Rights Office of Genoa (Italy) for vet checks, diagnostic investigations and treatments for the recovery of exotic animals.
    Collaboration with the University of Turin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for undergraduate internships.
    Collaboration with the University of Vienna (Austria), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for undergraduate internships.
    Collaboration with the University of Dublin (Ireland), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for undergraduate internships.
    Collaboration with University of Copenaghen, Department of Veterinary clinical medicine for Veterinary nurses stages.
    Official Veterinarian of the PETS FESTIVAL PIACENZA FIERE Show in the years 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017
    Collaboration with University of Athens, Veterinary Medicine Department, for externship on exotic animal medicine

from November 2022 to today Medical Director of the only Veterinary Analysis Laboratory that in Liguria deals exclusively with unconventional, exotic and zoo animals (“Platypus Laboratory srls”)

from June 2022 to November 2022 Medical Director at “Acquario di Genova”

April 2003 – September 2007 Veterinary Surgeon at “Acquario di Genova”:

  • Medicine, diagnostic, therapy, surgery, pathology, necropsy with all the 600 species held at the Aquarium for a total of more 13000 of animals (marine mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, invertebrates, amphibians) and with the animals held at the centre for turtles at Albenga (Sv), Italy
  • Planning and realization of annual veterinary programs for marine mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds (including preventive medicine, diagnostic and therapeutic protocols, post mortem protocols)
  • Improving reproduction plans of different species of animals (hummingbirds, penguins, seals, rays, seahorses) and organization of reproduction research projects (Ligurian Emys orbicularis and Malagasy reptiles)
  • Rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles
  • Participation in stranding of Cetacean live along the Italian coast with the help of Cetacean Study Centre (National Network for coastal crash drifters)
  • Collaboration with official institutions (including Cites officers, Government veterinarians) to help For the rescue of exotic animals
  • Dottoressa Maddalena Iannaccone esperta animali esoticiCollaboration with research institutes and universities for the study and development of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
  • Training young veterinarian employed in other Aquariums and students from different Veterinary Universities
  • Participation in press release programs (TV and scientific journals and newspapers).
  • Studies on hormonal cycles of marine mammals by ultrasound monitoring aimed at increasing knowledge on the physiology of reproduction in collaboration with American colleagues specialists
  • Haematological examination of reptiles and fish.

June 2001 – October 2002 Veterinary surgeon in small Animal Veterinary Hospitals:

  • Medicine, diagnostic, therapy, surgery and pathology with domestic pets and emergency cases


Graduation Secondary school in July 1995 (Final grade 60/60)

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine in March 2001 (Final grade 107/110)

State board licence (March, 2001)

Graduated Specialty in “Management, breeding, pathology of aquatic animals and supervision of fish products” (equivalent of a Master degree) in July 2004 (Final grade 70/70 cum laude)

Practical specializing training and stage:

  • At “Safari Ramat Gan” and “Israel Wildlife Hospital”, Tel Aviv, ISRAELE (Dr Igal Horowitz)
  • At “Ocean Park”, HONG KONG (Dr Paolo Martelli)
  • At Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California – USA (Dr Frances Gulland)
  • At Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, Florida – USA (Dr Charles Manire)
  • At Sea World Orlando, Florida – USA. Aquatic animals husbandry medicine and surgery (Dr M. Walsh)
    Rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles
  • At “Acquario di Genova”, Italy. Aquatic animals husbandry medicine and surgery (Dr C. Gili)
  • At “Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn” (Aquarium) in Naples, Italy (Prof. F. Bentivegna e dr A. Paglialonga)
  • At “Istituto Zooprofilattico della Lombradia e dell’Emilia-Ugo Ubertini” department of Fish Pathology. Brescia, Italy (Prof L. Alborali e dr C. Salogni)
  • At “Universitary Research Centre of Aquaculture” of San Benedetto del Tronto (Italy). Necropsy and microbiology of fish (dr G. E. Magi)
  • In aquatic farm with dr F. A. Vaini (University of Milan)

Continuous Education Courses:

Practical course of Ultrasound (director Dr F. Rossi)

Dottoressa Maddalena Iannaccone Practical course of Avian medicine and surgery (director Dr L. Crosta)

Course on Anesthesia and emergency medicine in small animal practice (director: Dr C. Adami, Dr A. Della Rocca

Practical course of Haematology (director: prof. G. Lubas)

Practical course in Exotic animal medicine (director: Prof. L. Crosta)

Course MARVET, Marine Veterinary Medicine (director dr F. Gulland)

Practical course in Behaviour, Veterinary Medicine and Surgeon for rabbits (director: dr M. Avanzi)

Course of Endoscopy in Marine Mammals (director: dr G. Lacave)

Course of Medicine of Reptiles (director: dr Paolo Martelli)

Course of Medicine of Amphibians (director: dr Norin Chai)

Course of Avian Endoscopy (director: Lorenzo Crosta)

Course of Medicine of Primates (director: dr F. Klaus)

Course of Manual And Pharmacological Containment Techniques manuals in zoo animals (director: dr. Pietro Laricchiuta)

Course of Management, Medicine and Surgery of the herbivores in the Zoo (director: dr F. Klaus)

Course of Clinical Procedures in Small Mammals (director: dr Jaume Martorell)

Dottoressa Maddalena IannacconeCourse of Management of poisonous snakes in zoos: containment techniques, preventive medicine, ex-situ and in-situ conservation. Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia. Luglio 2015. (director dr Marco Campolo)

Course of Equidae anesthesia in the field. Parco Valcorba, Ottobre 2015. (direttori dr Marco Campolo e dr William Magnone)

Workshop: What’s new in cetacean pathology II La Spezia, March 2018. (by prof. Antonio Fernandez, University of Gran Canaria)

Member of the Specialist Associations:

IAAAM (International Association for Medicine of Aquatic animals)

EAZWV (European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians)

EAFP (European Association of Fish Pathologists)

SIVASZOO (Italian Association of Veterinarians for Wild and Zoo Animals)

SIVAE (Italian Association of Veterinarians for Exotic Animals)

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