Livia Benato has worked with rabbits, exotic animals and wildlife since she graduated in 2002 at the University of Parma in Italy. She gained her Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2009. She finished her residency in Rabbit and Exotic Animal Medicine in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh (UK) where she also gained her Master by Research on rabbit probiotics. She then worked for one year at Chester Zoo (UK) as Veterinary Officer before moving back to Scotland in 2013 where she worked as University Veterinary Clinician at the University of Glasgow (UK). In October 2015 she moved to the South West but she maintained her role as Affiliate lecturer in Zoological medicine at the University of Glasgow. Since October 2015 she has been working at CityVets in Exeter (UK) as Small Mammal and Exotics Veterinary Associate. Alongside her clinical work, in 2016 she started her PhD project at the University of Bristol (UK) focusing on the topic of pain and stress in pet rabbits. Livia is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) and a European Recognised Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine.