DWR Staff | Consultant, Neurology and Neurosurgery

Alberta De Stefani


European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Alberta joined the Neurology Service at DWR in 2013. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Padua, Italy. Following a period in general practice she moved to the UK and undertook a one-year Internship. Her interest in neurology started as an undergraduate student, but this developed to a real passion during the internship period. In 2003, she started a Residency Programme in Neurology and Neurosurgery, which concluded in 2007 when she became a European Specialist. She then worked as a Senior Clinical Neurologist and, in 2006, she successfully concluded a clinical PhD on ‘Treatment and Prognosis of Canine Primary Brain Tumours’. She presents regularly at national and international veterinary conferences and her main areas of interest include pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of seizures in the canine and feline species and surgical treatment of spinal conditions.




Stabile, F., Bernardini, M., Bevilacqua, G., Ekiri, A.B., De Stefani, A. and De Risio, L. (2015) Neurological signs and pre- and post-traction low-field MRI findings in Dobermanns with disc-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy. J. small Anim. Pract. 56 (5): 331-338.
De Stefani, A. (2014) Seizure management in dogs and cats: first-line drugs. Companion Animal. doi: 10.12968/coan.2014.19.3.143.
Gonçalves, R., Volk, H., Smith, P.M., Penderis, J., Garosi, L., MacKillop, E., De Stefani, A., Cherubini, G. and McConnell, J.F. (2014) Corpus callosal abnormalities in dogs. J. vet. intern. Med. 28 (4): 1275-1279.
Stabile, F., De Stefani, A. and De Risio, L. (2014) Unusual manifestation of bromide toxicity (bromism) in an idiopathic epileptic dog. Vet. Rec. Case Rep. doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000043.
Beltran, E., Matiasek, K., De Risio, L., De Stefani, A., Feliu-Pascual, A.L. and Matiasek, L.A. (2013) Expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in benign canine rostrotentorial meningiomas is not correlated to the extent of peritumoral edema. Vet. Pathol. 50 (6):1091-1098.
Beltran, E., Dennis, R., Doyle, V., De Stefani, A., Holloway, A. and de Risio, L. (2012) Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging features of canine compressive cervical myelopathy with suspected hydrated nucleus pulposus extrusion. J. small Anim. Pract. 53 (2): 101-107.
De Risio, L., Brown, R., Tennant, B., Sparkes, A., Matiasek, L., De Stefani, A., Weissenböck, H. and Matiasek, K. (2012) Slowly progressive lymphohistiocytic meningoencephalomyelitis in 21 adult cats presenting with peculiar neurological signs. J. feline Med. Surg. 14 (4): 250-256.
Matiasek, L. and De Stefani, A. (2012) Small animal neurological emergencies. acute disorders of head and face. Manson Publishing Ltd, London, pp 265-298.
De Risio, L., Lewis, T., Freeman, J., De Stefani, A., Matiasek, L. and, Blott, S. (2011) Prevalence, heritability and genetic correlations of congenital sensorineural deafness and pigmentation phenotypes in the Border Collie. Vet J. 188 (3): 286-290.
Beltran, E., De Stefani, A., Stewart, J., De Risio, L. and Johnson, V. (2010) Disseminated mast cell tumor infiltrating the sphenoid bone and causing blindness in a dog. Vet Ophthalmol. 13 (3): 184-189.
De Risio, L., Beltran, E., De Stefani, A., Holloway, A. and Matiasek, K. (2010) Neurological dysfunction and caudal fossa overcrowding in a young cheetah with hypovitaminosis A. Vet. Rec. 167 (14) 534-536.
Garosi, L., Dawson, A., Couturier, J., Matiasek, L., De Stefani, A., Davies, E., Jeffery, N. and Smith, P. (2010) Necrotizing cerebellitis and cerebellar atrophy caused by Neospora caninum infection: magnetic resonance imaging and clinicopathologic findings in seven dogs. J. vet. Intern. Med. 24 (3): 571-578.
De Risio, L., McConnell, J.F., De Stefani, A., Matiasek, L, Lujan-Feliu-Pascual, A. and Shelton, G.D. (2009) Imaging diagnosis – acute necrotizing myopathy in a dog. Vet. Radiol. Ultrasound. 50 (6): 639-643.
De Stefani, A., De Risio, L., Platt, S.R., Matiasek, L., Lujan-Feliu-Pascual, A. and Garosi, L.S. (2009) Surgical technique, postoperative complications and outcome in 14 dogs treated for hydrocephalus by ventriculoperitoneal shunting. Accepted in Vet Surgery, September 2009.
Gonçalves, R., Platt, S.R., Llabrés-Díaz, F.J., Rogers, K.H., De Stefani, A., Matiasek, L.A. and Adams, V.J. (2009) Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging findings in 92 cats with clinical signs of spinal cord disease. J. feline Med. Surg. 11 (2): 53-59.
De Stefani, A., Garosi, L.S., McConnell, F.J., Diaz, F.J., Dennis, R. and Platt, S.R. (2008) Magnetic resonance imaging features of spinal epidural empyema in five dogs. Vet. Radiol. Ultrasound. 49 (2): 135-140.
Luján Feliu-Pascual, A., Matiasek, L., De Risio, L., De Stefani, A., Beltrán Catalán, E. (2007) Neuromuscular disease in young snowshoe cats. Vet Rec. 160 (6): 202-203.
Gibbons, S.E., Macias, C., De Stefani, A., Pinchbeck, G.L. and McKee, W.M. (2006) The Value of oblique versus ventrodorsal myelographic views for lesion lateralisation in canine thoracolumbar disc disease. J. small Anim. Pract. 47(11): 658-662.
Platt, S.R., Adams, V., Garosi, L.S., Abramson, C.J., Penderis, J., De Stefani, A. and Wieczorek, L. (2006) Gabapentin therapy for refractory idiopathic epilepsy in dogs. Vet. Rec. 159 (26): 881-884.
Platt, S.R., De Stefani, A. and Wieczorek, L. (2006) Primary orthostatic tremor in a Scottish deerhound. Vet. Rec. 159 (15): 495-496.
Platt, S., McConnell, F., Garosi, L., Ladlow, J., De Stefani, A. and Shelton G.D. (2006) Magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of canine inflammatory myopathies in three dogs. 47 (6) 532-537.
Platt, S., Wieczorek, L., Dennis, R. and De Stefani, A. (2006) Spinal cord injury resulting from incorrect microchip placement in a cat. J. feline Med Surg.
Platt, S.R. Dennis, R., Murphy, K., De Stefani, A. (2005) Hematomyelia secondary to lumbar cerebrospinal fluid acquisition in a dog. Vet. Radiol. Ultrasound. 46(6): 467-471.

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