Dr Luisa De Risio

Head of Neurology/ Neurosurgery, Small Animal, and Head of Clinical Research

RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, Luisa’s main areas of interest are epilepsy, hereditary neurological disorders, neurosurgery, and feline neurology.

Luisa is the leading author of a book on canine and feline epilepsy and is a member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force. Luisa has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has lectured at national and international conferences.



RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology


After qualifying from the University of Parma, Italy, in 1996, Luisa completed an internship at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Parma University and subsequently at a referral practice in Paris. In 1998, 1999 and 2000 she worked as a visiting Resident at the Neurology Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of North Carolina State University, USA. Luisa obtained a PhD at the University of Parma where she was appointed Lecturer, and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Neurology/Neurosurgery.

In 2004 Luisa successfully passed the examination for the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN). In 2005 she joined the Neurology/Neurosurgery service of the Animal Health Trust as Senior Clinical Neurologist and since January 2007 became Head of Unit. From September 2008 to August 2010 she has been a board member of the ECVN Examination Committee and from September 2010 to September 2012 she has been appointed as Chair of the ECVN Examination Committee and member of the ECVN Executive Committee.