Researcher, Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bari, Italy.
Dr. Barbara Padalino graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 at the University of Bari (Italy) and completed her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of The University of Sydney in 2017. She currently works as a researcher at the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bari (Italy) and she worked as a lecturer in equine science at the School of animal and veterinary sciences of Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga (Australia). Her research interests span from equine internal medicine to animal welfare.
After graduating in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from the University of Bari, she has worked as a fully qualified equine veterinarian in sports medicine, reproduction, and surgery. She has been also a rider, driver, and Standardbred horse breeder and owner; thus she has always been involved in moving both her own and clients’ horses. As a horse vet, she has faced difficult cases of transport-related diseases and has decided to study transportation to prevent these illnesses. Since 2011 she has conducted research on horse transportation and her Ph.D. focused on the implications for horse health and welfare arising from transportation.
She is a member of the International Society of Equitation Science and the Animal Transport Association. She has written more than 50 international peer-reviewed scientific articles and has presented her research at many international scientific conferences worldwide.