Roberto Poma, D.V. M.

Roberto Poma, D.V. M.

Poma, Roberto

Roberto Poma, D.V.M, 1969 - 2010
Roberto Poma, D.V.M., joined AES in September, 2005.

From the University of Guelph
Ontario Veterinary College Mourns the loss of a colleague
Published November 15, 2010

The OVC community is mourning the loss of a beloved colleague and gifted clinician, scientist and teacher.
Dr. Roberto Poma, a faculty member and neurology specialist in the Department of Clinical Studies, died on Nov.
15 of an acute brain hemorrhage at the age of 41.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Becky Valentine, and children Leonardo and Valentina, and extended family. A
trust fund has been established for the children. For more information, contact Andrew Bradford at to make a donation to the fund.

A graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Turin, Italy, Poma came to OVC for a DVSc in neurology
in 1998. After successfully completing his residency, he spent three years as a staff veterinarian in the OVC
Teaching Hospital before joining the faculty in 2004.

Poma's research was focused on finding better ways to diagnose and treat canine epilepsy, and improve
understanding of the disease in companion animals and humans.
He also worked closely with groups such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club to reduce the incidence of
syringomyelia, a very serious neurological disorder that is rare in most breeds but increasingly afflicts King
Charles Spaniels.