DWR Staff | Histopathologist

Roberta Rasotto


European Specialist in Veterinary Pathology


Roberta joined DWR in 2015 as an Anatomic Veterinary Pathologist. She qualified from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2007 and, at the same institution, completed a combined PhD-Residency programme in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. She became an ECVP Diplomate in 2012 and worked as a diagnostic pathologist in Italy and the UK for 5 years. Roberta has a special interest in oncologic pathology. She is a member of the VCS-ACVP Oncology Pathology Working Group and author of various publications in the field of Veterinary Oncologic Pathology, many of which relate to mammary tumours which was the topic of her PhD. In 2014 she received a grant to develop a study on novel markers of cell proliferation in canine mammary tumours. Recently, she has also developed an interest in Ophthalmic Pathology.




Stewart, J., Holloway, A., Rasotto, R. and Bowlt, K. (2016) Characterization of primary pulmonary adenosquamous carcinoma-associated pleural effusion. Vet. clin. Pathol. 45(1):179-183.

Dobromylskyj, M.J., Rasotto, R., Melville, K., Smith, K.C. and Berlato, D. (2015) Evaluation of minichromosome maintenance protein 7 and c-KIT as prognostic markers in feline cutaneous mast cell tumours. J. Comp. Pathol. 153(4): 244-250

Dyson, S., and Rasotto, R. (2015) Idiopathic hopping‐like forelimb lameness syndrome in ridden horses: 46 horses (2002–2014). Equine vet. Educ. 28 (1): 30-39.

Furtado, A.R.R., Puig, J., Rasotto, R. and Pivetta, M. (2015) Extensive small intestinal wall thickening in a cat. Vet Rec Case Rep 3:e000166 doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000166.

Vessieres, F., Gomez Selgas, A, Rasotto, R. and Raffan, E. (2015) Primary hyperparathyroidism associated with hyperplasia of multiple parathyroid glands in a dog. Vet Rec Case Rep 015;3:e000191 doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2015-000191.

Wylie, C. E., Foote, A. K., Rasotto, R., Cameron, I. J. and Greet, T.R.C. (2015) Necrosis as a fatal complication of endotracheal intubation. Equine vet. Educ. 27 (4): 170 -175.

Caliari, D., Zappulli, V., Rasotto, R., Cardazzo, B., Frassineti, F., Goldschmidt, M.H. and Castagnaro, M. (2014) Triple-negative vimentin-positive heterogeneous feline mammary carcinomas as a potential comparative model for breast cancer. BMC Vet. Res. 10: 185.

Mainenti, M., Rasotto, R., Carnier, P. and Zappulli V. (2014) Oestrogen and progesterone receptor expression in subtypes of canine mammary tumours in intact and ovariectomised dogs. Vet. J. 202 (1): 62-68.

Rasotto, R., Berlato, D., Holloway, A., Martinez, L. and Beltran, E. (2014) Nasal cryptococcoma causing severe meningitis in a dog in the UK. Vet Rec Case Rep 2:e000151 doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2014-000151

Rasotto, R., Goldschmidt, M.H., Castagnaro, M., Carnier, P., Caliari, D. and Zappulli, V. (2014) The dog as a natural animal model for study of the mammary myoepithelial basal cell lineage and its role in mammary carcinogenesis. J. comp, Pathol. 151 (2-3):166-180.

Zappulli, V., Rasotto, R., Caliari, D., Mainenti, M., Peña, L., Goldschmidt, M.H. and Kiupel, M. (2014) Prognostic evaluation of feline mammary carcinomas: a review of the literature. Vet. Pathol. 52 (1): 46-60.

Perazzi, A., Berlanda, M., Bucci, M., Ferro, S., Rasotto, R., Busetto, R. and Iacopetti, I. (2013) Multiple dermoid sinuses of type Vb and IIIb on the head of a Saint Bernard dog. Acta. Vet. Scand. 55:62.

Zappulli, V., Caliari, D., Rasotto, R., Ferro, S., Castagnaro, M. and Goldschmidt, M. (2013) Proposed classification of the feline ‘complex’ mammary tumors as ductal and intraductal papillary mammary tumors. Vet Pathol. 50 (6): 1070-1077.

Goldschmidt, M., Peña, L., Rasotto, R. and Zappulli, V. (2011) Classification and grading of canine mammary tumors. Vet Pathol. 48 (1): 117-131. Rasotto, R., Caliari, D., Castagnaro, M., Zanetti, R. and Zappulli, V. (2011) An immunohistochemical study of HER-2 expression in feline mammary tumours. J. comp. Pathol. 144(2-3): 170-179.

Rasotto, R., Zappulli, V., Castagnaro, M. and Goldschmidt, M.H. (2011) A retrospective study of those histopathologic parameters predictive of invasion of the lymphatic system by canine mammary carcinomas. Vet Pathol. 49 (2): 330-340.

Sorenmo, K.U., Rasotto, R., Zappulli, V. and Goldschmidt, M.H. (2011) Development, anatomy, histology, lymphatic drainage, clinical features, and cell differentiation markers of canine mammary gland neoplasms. Vet Pathol. 48 (1): 85-97.

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