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Prof.Mattia Cecchinato (DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECPVS) graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2001 and did his PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna. He is associate professor at the Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health University of Padova, Italy. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (2013). Since 2016 he served as secretary the Italian Branch of WVPA and he was elected in May 2018 as President of the Italian Branch of WVPA. His main research interests include respiratory pathogens in poultry and in particular epidemiology and control of viral infections due to viruses belonging to Paramixoviridae and Coronaviridae.Author and co-author of about 250 publications including papers in international referees journals, papers and abstracts published in the proceeding of conferences.