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Giovanni Battista Ercolani


Physician and writer on veterinary medicine. Graduated with honours in medicine and surgery at Bologna, and became an assistant to the professor of comparative anatomy and veterinary science in 1840. Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna, 1842. Appointed prosector to the comparative anatomy professor and deputy at the clinic of animal diseases, 1846. Elected to the Supreme Council of Health in Rome, 1848. Appointed to the school of veterinary medicine, Turin, 1851; director, 1859. Professor of comparative anatomy and veterinary science, Bologna, 1863; dean of the medical-surgical and veterinary medicine faculty, 1872; president of the University of Bologna, 1878–83. Served as city councillor and MP for Vergato (Bologna) several times. Founded the Veterinary Journal in 1852, and published over 130 articles on veterinary pathology.