Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV, PhD, DiplECZM(Herp), DiplACZM, DiplACVPM

Department of Clinical Sciences

Associate Professor, Section of Zoological Medicine

Section Chief, Exotics

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 31
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research/Clinical Interest

Exotic Pet and Zoological Medicine: Analgesia and anesthesia, Epidemiology, Gastroenterology, Novel surgical procedures, Urogenital disorders

Education and Training

2022 – Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

2020 – Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine

2016 – Diplomate, European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology)

2016 – PhD in Veterinary Sciences - Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. Doctoral thesis: Method comparison and reference interval determination in animal medicine

2014 – Master of Science in Evidence-based Healthcare -Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Nuffield Dept of Primary Care, University of Oxford, UK. Dissertation: Why research of effectiveness of intervention in veterinary medicine is deficient

2011 – Doctor in Veterinary Medicine - University of Bologna, Italy. Dissertation: Biometric and DEXA-assessed changes in Hermann’s tortoises (Testudo hermanni sp.) subject to different feeding and husbandry conditions


Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo is an associate professor of Exotic Pet Medicine at Cornell University. Before moving to the United States, Nicola was employed as a veterinary specialist in Hong Kong and as a resident in Rome, Italy. He completed a PhD at the University of Bologna and a master of science in evidence-based healthcare at the University of Oxford. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice and of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. Nicola is board-certified from the American College of Zoological Medicine, the European College of Zoological Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.


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Awards and Honors

2020 – Appointed Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Small Animal Practice

2019 – President Award, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

2019 – Appointed Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

2018 – Appointed Chair of the Scientific Committee, Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians (SIVAE)

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American college of veterinary preventive medicine (ACVPM)
  • American college of zoological medicine (ACZM)
  • European college of zoological medicine (ECZM)
  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)
  • Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
  • Società Italiana Veterinari Animali Esotici (SIVAE)