DWR Staff | Consultant, Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Enzo Vettorato


RCVS and EBVS®Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Enzo graduated in 2003 from the Veterinary University of Padua, Italy, where he then completed a PhD on pain management in the dog. He then started a 3 year Residency at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, gaining the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2008. In February 2010, Enzo joined DWR and in December of that year he became a European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Since 2011, he has also been working as a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Newmarket Equine Hospital.  Enzo is a member of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and British College of Veterinary Specialists; and author of several international publications. His main interests are pain management, loco-regional anaesthetic techniques and evaluation of quality of recovery in horses.



Vettorato, E, and Corletto, F. (2016) Retrospective assessment of peripheral nerve block techniques used in cats undergoing hind limb orthopaedic surgery. J. feline Med. Surg. [In Press].

Vettorato, E. and Taeymans, O. (2016) Ultrasound guided placement of an epidural catheter for repeated brachial plexus block in a dog. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. [In Press].

Burke, J.G., Vettorato, E., Schöffmann, G., Clutton, R.E., Drew, T.S. and Gibson, J.N. (2015) Creation of an ovine model of progressive structural lordo-scoliosis using a unilateral laminar tether. Eur. Spine J. 24: 1382-1390.

Burke, J.G., Vettorato, E., Schöffmann, G., Clutton, R.E., Drew, T.S. and Gibson, J.N. (2015) Modulation of spinal shape with growth following implantation of a novel surgical implant. Eur. Spine J. 24, 1522-1532.

Okushima, S., Vettorato, E. and Corletto F (2015) Chronotropic effect of propofol or alfaxalone following fentanyl administration in healthy dogs. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 42, 88-92.

Clutton, R.E., Vettorato, E., Schöffman, G., Docherty, J., Burke, J. and Gibson, A.J. (2014) The perioperative care of lambs and ewes when the former undergo major experimental (scoliotic) surgery. Lab. Anim. 48, 27-35.

De Gennaro, C., Vettorato, E. and Corletto, F. (2014) Retrospective clinical evaluation of hypobaric spinal anaesthesia in dogs undergoing pelvic limb orthopaedic surgery. J. small Anim. Pract. 55: 497-503.

Vettorato, E. (2013) Prolonged intravenous infusion of alfaxalone in a cat. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 40: 551-552.

Vettorato, E., De Gennaro, C., Okushima, S. and Corletto, F. (2013) Retrospective comparison of two peripheral lumbosacral plexus blocks in dogs undergoing pelvic limb orthopaedic surgery. J. small Anim. Pract. 54, 630-637.

Aprea, F., Cherubini, G.B., Palus, V., Vettorato, E. and Corletto, F. (2012) Effect of extradurally administered morphine on postoperative analgesia in dogs undergoing surgery for thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion. J. Am. vet. med. Ass. 241, 754-759.

Schöffmann, G., Vettorato, E., Burke, J.G., Gibson, A.J. and Clutton, E.R. (2012). The effects of age, isoflurane and sevoflurane on atracurium in lambs. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 39, 256-265.

Vettorato, E., Bradbrook, C., Gurney, M., Aprea, F., Clark, L. and Corletto, F. (2012) Peripheral nerve blocks of the pelvic limb in dogs: a retrospective clinical study. Vet. comp. Orthop. Traumatol. 25: 314-320.

Vettorato, E., Schöffmann, G., Burke, J.G., Gibson, A.J. and Clutton, E.R. (2012). Clinical effects of isoflurane and sevoflurane in lambs. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 39: 495-502.

Aprea, F., Vettorato, E. and Corletto, F. (2011) Severe cardiovascular depression in a cat following a mandibular nerve block with bupivacaine. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 38: 614-618.

Cagnardi, P., Villa, P., Zonca, A., Gallo, M., Beccaglia, M., Luvoni, G.C., Vettorato, E., Carli, S., Fonda, D. and Ravasio G (2011) Pharmacokinetics, intraoperative effect and postoperative analgesia of tramadol in cats. Res. vet. Sci. 90: 503-509.

Vettorato, E. and Bacco, S. (2011) A comparison of the sedative and analgesic properties of pethidine (meperidine) and butorphanol in dogs. J. small Anim. Pract. 52, 426-432.

Vettorato, E. and Corletto, F. (2011) Gabapentin as part of multi-modal analgesia in two cats suffering multiple injuries. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 38: 518-520.

Vettorato, E., Schoeffmann, G., Beard, P., Clutton, R.E. (2011) Post operative enterotoxaemia in a lamb undergoing spinal surgery. J. vet Anaesthes. Analg. 38: 63-69.

Vettorato, E., Chase-Topping, M.E. and Clutton, R.E. (2010) Comparison of four methods for scoring recovery from general anaesthesia in horses. Equine vet. J. 42, 400-406.

Vettorato, E., Zonca, A., Isola, M., Villa, R., Gallo, M., Ravasio, G., Beccaglia, M., Montesissa, C. and Cagnardi, P. (2010) Pharmacokinetics and efficacy of intravenous and extradural tramadol in dogs. The vet. J. 183, 310 – 315.

Vettorato, E. (2007) Pharmacokinetic Behaviour and Clinical Efficacy of Tramadol in Dogs. PhD thesis. University of Padua.

Vettorato, E., Cagnardi, P., Isola, M., Zonca, A., Villa, R. and Montessissa, C. (2006) Bioavailability of tramadol after epidural administration to dog. J. vet. Pharm. Therap. 29 (Suppl1): 239-301.

Zotti, A., Caldin, M., Vettorato, E., Ferrari, V., Cavicchioli, L. and, Bernardini, L. (2006) Bone mineral density in two boxer dogs affected by moderate to end-stage chronic renal failure. Vet. Res. Commun. 30 (suppl.1), 337-339.

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