Elisabetta Mancinelli graduated from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy in 2002. Her interest in exotics became clear shortly after, anticipating a career mainly based on non-conventional animal medicine and surgery.
After a small animal-focused internship, she worked solely with exotics in a private practice in Italy. Elisabetta undertook an externship in France based on reptile medicine, then completed an externship programme in the US on exotic animal medicine and surgery.
In 2007, she moved to the UK to work in private practice and wildlife charities. She started the first European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) residency in small mammals in 2009, which she completed at The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Since 2010 she has held the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine. In 2014, Elisabetta obtained the ECZM small mammal diploma.
She works at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals.
Guinea pig husbandry – housing, diet and handling
Elisabetta Mancinelli examines how to manage this species by assessing its natural behaviour and interaction with other animals.