Prof. Luigi Venco

European Veterinary Parasitology College, Netherlands



1989 Ph.D., the Faculty of Veterinary medicine of the University of Milan, Italy

2006 EPVC, European Veterinary Parasitology College, Netherlands

Publications (Selected)

  1. McCall JW, Genchi C, Kramer LH, Guerrero J, Venco L. Heartworm disease in animals and humans. Adv Parasitol. 2008;66:193-285. doi: 10.1016/S0065-308X(08)00204-2. PMID: 18486691.
  2. Bandi C, McCall JW, Genchi C, Corona S, Venco L, Sacchi L. Effects of tetracycline on the filarial worms Brugia pahangi and Dirofilaria immitis and their bacterial endosymbionts Wolbachia. Int J Parasitol. 1999 Feb;29(2):357-64. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7519(98)00200-8. PMID: 10221636.
  3. Grandi G, Calvi LE, Venco L, Paratici C, Genchi C, Memmi D, Kramer LH. Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (cat lungworm) infection in five cats from Italy. Vet Parasitol. 2005 Nov 25;134(1-2):177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2005.06.015. Epub 2005 Aug 1. PMID: 16076529.
  4. Venco L, McCall JW, Guerrero J, Genchi C. Efficacy of long-term monthly administration of ivermectin on the progress of naturally acquired heartworm infections in dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2004 Oct 5;124(3-4):259-68. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2004.06.024. PMID: 15381305.
  5. Traversa D, Di Cesare A, Meloni S, Frangipane di Regalbono A, Milillo P, Pampurini F, Venco L. Canine angiostrongylosis in Italy: occurrence of Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs with compatible clinical pictures. Parasitol Res. 2013 Jul;112(7):2473-80. doi: 10.1007/s00436-013-3412-5. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PMID: 23595212; PMCID: PMC3683398.
  6. Venco L, Mihaylova L, Boon JA. Right Pulmonary Artery Distensibility Index (RPAD Index). A field study of an echocardiographic method to detect early development of pulmonary hypertension and its severity even in the absence of regurgitant jets for Doppler evaluation in heartworm-infected dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2014 Nov 15;206(1-2):60-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.08.016. Epub 2014 Sep 1. PMID: 25218885.
  7. Venco L, Genchi M, Genchi C, Gatti D, Kramer L. Can heartworm prevalence in dogs be used as provisional data for assessing the prevalence of the infection in cats? Vet Parasitol. 2011 Mar 22;176(4):300-3. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.01.013. Epub 2011 Jan 19. PMID: 21292401.
  8. Albanese F, Abramo F, Braglia C, Caporali C, Venco L, Vercelli A, Ghibaudo G, Leone F, Carrani F, Giannelli A, Otranto D. Nodular lesions due to infestation by Dirofilaria repens in dogs from Italy. Vet Dermatol. 2013 Apr;24(2):255-e56. doi: 10.1111/vde.12009. Epub 2013 Feb 18. PMID: 23413808.
  9. Venco L, Genchi C, Genchi M, Grandi G, Kramer LH. Clinical evolution and radiographic findings of feline heartworm infection in asymptomatic cats. Vet Parasitol. 2008 Dec 10;158(3):232-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.09.011. Epub 2008 Sep 7. PMID: 18952375.
  10. Bonfanti U, Bertazzolo W, Pagliaro L, Demarco B, Venco L, Casiraghi M, Bandi C. Clinical, cytological and molecular evidence of Mesocestoides sp. infection in a dog from Italy. J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med. 2004 Dec;51(9-10):435-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0442.2004.00664.x. PMID: 15610488.
  11. Prieto C, Venco L, Simon F, Genchi C. Feline heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) infection: detection of specific IgG for the diagnosis of occult infections. Vet Parasitol. 1997 Jul 1;70(4):209-17. doi: 10.1016/s0304-4017(97)00008-3. PMID: 9211646.
  12. Genchi C, Venco L, Ferrari N, Mortarino M, Genchi M. Feline heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) infection: a statistical elaboration of the duration of the infection and life expectancy in asymptomatic cats. Vet Parasitol. 2008 Dec 10;158(3):177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.09.005. Epub 2008 Sep 7. PMID: 18922638.
  13. Venco L, Kramer L, Pagliaro L, Genchi C. Ultrasonographic features of peritoneal cestodiasis caused by Mesocestoides sp. in a dog and in a cat. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2005 Sep-Oct;46(5):417-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2005.00076.x. PMID: 16250401.
  14. Genchi C, Rossi L, Cardini G, Kramer LH, Venco L, Casiraghi M, Genchi M, Agostini A. Full season efficacy of moxidectin microsphere sustained release formulation for the prevention of heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) infection in dogs. Vet Parasitol. 2002 Dec 11;110(1-2):85-91. doi: 10.1016/s0304-4017(02)00325-4. PMID: 12446092.
  15. Venco L, Bertazzolo W, Giordano G, Paltrinieri S. Evaluation of C-reactive protein as a clinical biomarker in naturally heartworm-infected dogs: a field study. Vet Parasitol. 2014 Nov 15;206(1-2):48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.08.018. Epub 2014 Sep 1. PMID: 25218887.
  16. Venco L, Mortarino M, Carro C, Genchi M, Pampurini F, Genchi C. Field efficacy and safety of a combination of moxidectin and imidacloprid for the prevention of feline heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) infection. Vet Parasitol. 2008 Jun 14;154(1-2):67-70. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.02.020. Epub 2008 Mar 4. PMID: 18395348.
  17. Lucchetti C, Genchi M, Venco L, Menozzi A, Serventi P, Bertini S, Bazzocchi C, Kramer LH, Vismarra A. Differential ABC transporter gene expression in adult Dirofilaria immitis males and females following in vitro treatment with ivermectin, doxycycline or a combination of both. Parasit Vectors. 2019 Aug 13;12(1):401. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3645-y. PMID: 31409391; PMCID: PMC6693208.

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