Livia Benato - Contributor Profile


Livia is an RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (RCVS), EBVS™ Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine (ECZM), PhD Research Scholar at the University of Bristol & Affiliate Lecturer at the Veterinary Medicine Undergraduate School, University of Glasgow.

Livia Benato has worked with rabbits and exotic animals since she graduated in 2002. Livia is a RCVS and EBVS Recognised Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine and works as Small Mammal and Exotics Veterinary Associate at City Vets in Exeter where she also supervises the ECZM residency programme in Small mammal medicine and surgery. Livia is studying towards her PhD in Rabbit Pain and Analgesia at the University of Bristol and she is an affiliate lecturer at the University of Glasgow. 

Published Papers

  • Analgesia in pet rabbits: a survey study on how pain is assessed and ameliorated by veterinary surgeons. Benato L, Murrell JC, Blackwell EJ, Saunders R, Rooney N.Vet Rec. 2020 Apr 17:vetrec-2018-105071
  • Pain and analgesia in pet rabbits within the veterinary environment: a review. Benato L, Rooney NJ, Murrell JC.Vet Anaesth Analg. 2019 Mar;46(2):151-162.
  • Rabbit Neutering in Primary-Care Education: Insights from a Surgical Clinic. Benato L, Hammond J.J Vet Med Educ. 2018 Spring;45(1):91-98. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0916-149r.
  • Effects of probiotic Enterococcus faecium and Saccharomyces cerevisiae on the faecal microflora of pet rabbits. Benato L, Hastie P, O'Shaughnessy P, Murray JA, Meredith A.J Small Anim Pract. 2014 Sep;55(9):442-6.
  • Survey of cardiac pathologies in captive striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis). Benato L, Wack A, Cerveny SN, Rosenthal SL, Bronson E.J Zoo Wildl Med. 2014 Jun;45(2):321-7.
  • Serum concentrations of vitamins and trace elements in clinically healthy greater flamingos (Phoeniconaias phoenicopterus rubeus) and lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor). Benato L, Rice CJ, Wernery U, McKeown S, Bailey TA.J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Jun;44(2):245-50
  • Intervertebral disk disease in 3 striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis). Krauss MW, Benato L, Wack A, McDonnell JJ, Schoemaker NJ, Westerhof I, Bronson E, Gielen I, Van Caelenberg A, Hellebuyck T, Meij BP, De Decker S.Vet Surg. 2014 Jul;43(5):589-92.
  • Use of arterial blood gas analysis as a superior method for evaluating respiratory function in pet rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Eatwell K, Mancinelli E, Hedley J, Benato L, Shaw DJ, Self I, Meredith A.Vet Rec. 2013 Aug 17-24;173(7):166.
  • Arterial blood gas parameters in pet rabbits anaesthetized using a combination of fentanyl-fluanisone-midazolam-isoflurane. Benato L, Chesnel M, Eatwell K, Meredith A.J Small Anim Pract. 2013 Jul;54(7):343-6.
  • A case of antibacterial-responsive mucocutaneous disease in a seven-year-old dwarf lop rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) resembling mucocutaneous pyoderma of dogs. Benato L, Stoeckli MR, Smith SH, Dickson S, Thoday KL, Meredith A.J Small Anim Pract. 2013 Apr;54(4):209-12
  • Necrosis of the pinnae in a grey short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica). Benato L, Eatwell K, Stidworthy MF.Vet Rec. 2010 Jan 23;166(4):121-2


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