On 5 March 2010 Dr Roberto Santilli has received the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Turin after following a program of three years from 1 November 2005 to 31 October 2008 and had discussed the thesis "Diagnosis and treatment of supraventricular tachycardia in dogs ".

The PhD is a degree of the higher education, which corresponds to the highest level of university education. To be admitted to the PhD courses an international concourse should be done, with a autonomous notice announced by the universities that open the position. The duration of the PhD research is generally of three academic years. At the end of each year the PhD student will be admitted to the next year with the favorable report of the Teaching commitee, and the course ends with a dissertation presenting original research, known as "PhD thesis". The doctoral research has as its main purpose to provide advanced preparation in the field to which it refer as well to develop the graduate student scientific autonomy essential for those who intend to pursue a professional research.

The dissertation of Dr. Roberto Santilli concerned the diagnosis and treatment of supraventricular tachycardia in the dog, a subject on which over the years, he has published several scientific articles and textbooks. Thanks to the knowledge acquired during doctoral studies, Dr Roberto Santilli has developed cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, such as mapping and endocardial radiofrequency ablation of the main rhythm disorders of the dog, which are now made available to pet at the unit of the cardiology of Clinica Veterinaria Malpensa.