Paolo Minoia graduated in Agricultural Science in 1966 and in Veterinary Medicine in 1970. In 1980, he became full professor in Veterinary Gynecology and Obstetrics in Bari (Italy). He took on many duties and teaching posts even outside Italy, and made a considerable contribution to the establishment of the PhD course in Reproductive Biology in Domestic Animals and Humans. Moreover, he played a key role during the foundation of The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bari, in the creation of an Equine Breeding Center and in the accreditation of the Faculty by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
Prof. Minoia was the first President of the Italian Society of Animal Reproduction (SIRA). His scientific activity has led to more than 250 papers on various aspects of reproduction in different animal species. In memory of Prof. Paolo Minoia, the S.I.R.A. awards an annual prize to students who, at the time of graduation, present a thesis on topics concerning Animal Reproduction.