Giovanna Martelli, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal
Science, Diplomate ECAWBM-AWSEL
Giovanna was born in Bologna (Italy) on January 12th 1965.
In 1989 she graduated "summa cum laude" (110/110 e lode) in
Veterinary Medicine (5-year university course) at the University of
Bologna (ISCED 7).
In 1991 she was Chercheur libre at the Faculty of
Agronomics of Louvain-la-Neuve (B) at the laboratories of Prof. M.
In 1997 she achieved the qualification of "Dottore di Ricerca" (Italian equivalent for PhD) in
"Improvement, hygiene, safety and quality of animal products
(3-year doctoral post-gradual university course - ISCED 8).
Since February 2016 de facto diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, subspecialty Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (ECAWBM-AWSEL).
From July 2000 to December 2010 she was Assistant
Professor of Animal Science (Zootecnica Speciale) at the
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna
Since December 2010 to present she has been Associate Professor
of Animal Science (Zootecnica Speciale) at the Faculty of
Veterinary Medicine (presently School of Agriculture and Veterinary
Medicine) of the University of Bologna.
Since July 2015 she has been elected Director of the MSc in Safety and Quality of Animal Productions of the University of Bologna.
Her main lines of research are: the relationships between animal
husbandry, animal feeding, animal welfare and the quality of
animal-derived products; the quality of Parma Ham; organic farming;
the reduction of environmental impact (N pollution) of intensive
animal production through the diet; the use of non-conventional
vegetable protein sources in heavy pigs feeding; the assessment of
swine welfare based on the study of behavioural patterns; the
assessment of dairy cows welfare by means of score systems;
digestibility assessment of nutrients using metabolism crates for
swine; the effects of feed additives on pig and dairy cattle
Responsible for research groups (Ager Project, RFO 60% and
University of Bologna funds) in the field of animal welfare and
on the use of specific feed materials in swine production
(these latter researches were granted by private companies).
Since 2000 she has been a teacher at the School of Agriculture and
Veterinary Medicine of Bologna in fundamental courses within the
realm of the quality of animal-derived products, extensive animal
farming and animal welfare. She was teacher at the 2nd level
Master Course in Ethology and animal welfare (Universities of
Bologna and Padua). She was teacher at the post-gradual School
of Animal Health and Animal Production (University of Bologna). In
2000-2009, she was Secretary of the Doctoral Course in
Feed and Food Science of the University of Bologna. She is
presently member of the Doctoral School in Veterinary Sciences of
the University of Bologna.
She has been supervisor for many students during the
preparation of their graduate, postgraduate and doctoral
She is author of more than 90 scientific papers (including long
conference papers), of many divulgation papers and of some book
She was evaluator for some European and North-America
(Canada) research projects.
Since 1990 she has been a member of the DVM College of Bologna
Since 1998 she has been a member of the Appeal Committee of the Parma
Quality Institute (National Inspection Body for Parma Ham and other
pork-based Italian PDO products, according to Reg.
From 2005 to 2016 she was appointed, by Ministry Decree (Italian
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) n. 229
of 29/7/2005, as National Expert in the field of agricultural
In 2006-2007 she was a member of a Working Group
of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority - AHAW Panel) requested to produce a
scientific report on fattening pigs welfare and health.
By Decision n.C/262/03 of 28 Sept. 2010 she has been appointed
member of pool of the expert group for technical advice on organic
production set up by European Commission Decision n.
2009/427/EC (renewed by Decisione 2017/C 287/03).
From April 2011 to June 2015 she has been member of the
FEEDAP Panel (Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal
Feed) and of the Standing Working Group on Aminoacids of
From September 2015 to November 2018 she was a member of the standing Working Group on Other Zootechnical Additives of EFSA.
She is referee of the international Journals: Livestock Science, British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Animal Science, PlosOne, Animals, Physiology and Behaviour, Journal of Agricultural Science, Research in Veterinary Science, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Italian Journal of Animal Science, Sustainability.