Ingrid Bersås Ljungvall

Ingrid Bersås Ljungvall
I work at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.


Associate Professor in Internal Medicine 

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. The position includes clinical work (mainly at the cardiology specialist clinic, but also at the internal medicine clinic), research activities and teaching (in the clinic, and during lectures and seminars) of veterinary students in small animal internal medicine.


My main research focus is myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs, which is the most common heart disease in dogs. Other reaserch intersts include dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats. I am interersted in optimizing diagnostic methods of heart disease, and this work includes investigation of new diagnostic imaging methods, assessment of various circulating biomarkers, as well as assessment of other ”biomarkers”, such as respiratory rate (which can be assessed by the animal owners themselves at home). My research interests also include pathophysiology, prognostication and therapy of congestive heart failure, genetic risk factors for heart disease in dogs and cats and furthermore, chronic kidney disease and neurolological disorders in dogs.


PhDstudent at at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of VeterinaryMedicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Thesis defendeddefended May 2011Employedat the University Small Animal Hospital, 2006-2007Employedby the Swedish board of Agriculture in the northern Stockholm district (Finsta)2001-2006Employedby the Swedish board of Agriculture in Gävle 2000-2001Temporarilyemployed by the Swedish board of Agriculture in Finsta, Lilla Edet, Vårgårdaand Storuman 2000

Academic Qualifications:

  • Veterinary Degree awarded by theSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Date awarded: December 18th, 1999
  • PhD in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (Cardiology), Date awarded: May 27th, 2011
  • Associate Professor in Internal Medicine, June, 2014
  • Reader (Docent) in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (Cardiology). Date awarded: June 9th, 2016

Prizes and Awards:

  • Pedagogic award from the Student Union of Veterinary Medicine (VMF) at SLU, Uppsala, 2012
  • Award by the Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, delivered by the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at Stockholm City Hall, for prominent PhD thesis, 2013
  • Award from the Swedish Veterinary Association (Distriktsveterinär Hjalmar Håkanssons stipendiestiftelse) for prominent PhD thesis, 2013.


On-going supervision of doctoral students

Main-advisor to DVM Lena Pelander.
Project titel: Epidemiology and early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease in the dog.
Date of admission; March 2011

Co-advisor to DVM Sofia Hanås.
Project titel: Circulating cardiac biomarkers, their interbreed variation in healthy cats and their usefulness for diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats.
Date of admission: October 2013. 

Co-advisor to DVM Cecilia Rhodin.Project titel: Spinal cord disease in Pugs. Date of admission: January 2015.

Supervision of Master thesis students

  • Supervisor of 16 veterinary students’ master degree theses 2008-present


Publikationer i urval

Scientific merits:

40 accepted/published international scientific articles, and 40 conference abstracts and proceedings at international conferences.

10 selected international publications reviewed by referees:

1. Ljungvall I, Ahlstrom C, Höglund K, Hult P, Kvart C, Borgarelli M, Ask P, Häggström J. Use of signal analysis of heart sounds and murmurs to assess severity of mitral valve regurgitation attributable to myxomatous mitral valve disease i dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2009 May;70(5):604-13.

2. Ljungvall I, Höglund K, Tidholm A, Olsen LH, Borgarelli M, Venge P, Häggström J. Cardiac troponin I is associated with severity of myxomatous mitral valve disease, age, and C-reactive protein in dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2010;24(1):153-9.

3. Ljungvall I, M. Rajamäki, S. Crosara, K. Höglund, A. Tidholm, L.H. Olsen, M. Borgarelli, J. Evaluation of plasma activity of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve diseaseHäggström. Am J Vet Res 2011;72 (8):1022-8.

4. Ljungvall I, Höglund K, Carnabucci C, Tidholm A, Häggström J. Assessment of global and regional left ventricular volume and shape using real-time three-dimensional echocardiography in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Intern Med 2011; 25 (5):1036-1043.

5. Tvedten H, Lilliehook I, Öberg J, Häggström J, Höglund K, Ljungvall I. Validation of Advia plateletcrit for assessing platelet status with Cavalier King Charles spaniel blood. J Vet Clin Pathol 2012;41:336-343.

6. Ljungvall I, Höglund K, Lilliehöök I, Oyama M, Tidholm A, Tvedten H, Häggström J. Serum serotonin concentration is associated with severity of myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Intern Med 2013 27:1105-1112.

7. Ljungvall I, Rishniw M, Porciello F, Häggström J, Ohad DG. Sleeping respiratory rates in apparently healthy adult cats and cats with subclinical heart disease. J Fel Med Surg 2014;16:281-290.

8. Ljungvall I, Rishniw M, Porciello F, Ferasin L, Ohad D. Murmur intensity in small-breed dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease reflects disease severity. JSAP Volume 55, Issue 11, pages 545–550, November 2014.

9. Tidholm A, Höglund K, Häggström J, Ljungvall I. Diagnostic value of echocardiographic variables to identify pulmonary arterial hypertension in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Intern Med. 2015 Nov-Dec;29(6):1510-7.

10. Häggström J, Andersson ÅO, Falk T, Nilsfors L, OIsson U, Kresken JG, Höglund K, Rishniw M, Tidholm A, Ljungvall I. Effect of body weight on echocardiographic measurements in 19,866 pure-bred cats with or without heart disease

J Vet Intern Med. 2016 Aug (Epub ahead of print)


1. Ljungvall I, Haggstrom J.  Mitral/tricuspid regurgitation due to myxomatous valve disease.  In: Clinical Veterinary Advisor, Cote E., Ed., 3rd Ed., St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2014

2. Ljungvall I, Häggström J. Myxomatous Atrioventricular Valve Disease. In: Five Minute Consult, 6th Ed., Ed: Tilley L. 2015.

3. Ljungvall I and Häggström J. Approach to the patient with suspected cardiovascular disease. In: Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine, Bruyette D., Ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, (In press).

4. Ljungvall I, Häggström J. Adult-Onset Valvular Heart Disease. In: Ettinger SJ, Feldman E, Cote E eds. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Diseases of Dogs and Cats. 8th ed. 2016 Elsevier, In press.

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