After achieving a PhD in Animal Science, in 1995 he was appointed as Researcher in Animal Production at the Department of Animal Production Science (University of Basilicata, Italy). From 1998 to 2001 he has been teaching different disciplines (Cattle husbandry, Non-ruminant husbandry, Poultry and rabbit farming). Since 2002 he is teaching "Ethology and Welfare of Domestic Animals". He was appointed as Associate Professor for husbandry on 30th November 2006. He has been called as Italian expert at the COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) action 846 (Measuring and monitoring farm animal welfare). He has been included in the list of experts in animal welfare field and nominated member of the scientific committee of external reviewers within the area of activity Animal Health and Welfare for the period 2009-2011 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), where he is currently member of the working group on sheep welfare. His research activity is particularly centred on the study of animal welfare, animal behaviour and meat quality. He is author of about 250 scientific papers (90 with impact factor).