About CAReNet

Last changed: 23 January 2019

CAReNet, Clinical Animal Research Network, is a Nordic network of researchers and animal health professionals with a particular interest in research. The network was initiated in September 2014 to facilitate collaboration that strengthen and develop veterinary clinical research for sports and companion animals. Strong clinical research is important for a sustainable development of the veterinary sector, providing conditions for high quality of care and patient safety. For society, clinical research is imperative to ensure animal welfare.

Network vision

Good health and welfare for sports and companion animals through world-leading clinical research.

Main goals

To fulfil the network vision, CAReNet aims to achieve the following goals:

  • High quantity of high quality Nordic clinical research for sports and companion animals
  • Establishment of a Nordic funding body aimed at clinical research for sports and companion animals
  • Well-developed research collaboration between actors involved in clinical research, such as academia, animal health care providers, governmental agencies and stakeholder organizations
  • Knowledge building and information exchange between actors involved in clinical research for sports and companion animals
  • High visibility of Nordic clinical research for sports and companion animals
  • Broad awareness of sports and companion animals as a resource for a sustainable societal development

Background

CAReNet was initiated by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in collaboration with the Swedish Veterinary Institute (SVA), and the leading providers of veterinary care in the Nordic region, Anicura and Evidensia. During 2016, CAReNet developed from a national to a Nordic network and the steering group was expanded with representatives from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the University of Helsinki.

Steering committee

Chairman: Bodil Ström Holst, senior lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Steering committee members:

  • Ulrika Grönlund, Group Medical Quality Manager, AniCura
  • Marlene Areskog, Country Medical Director (Sweden), Evidensia
  • Lotta Gunnarsson, Assistant State Veterinarian, the Swedish National Veterinary Institute
  • Lars Moe, Professor, Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Anna Hielm-Björkman, Adjunct Professor, Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Helsinki University
  • Henrik Rönnberg, Vice Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Catarina Kjellerstedt, Clinic Director of the small animal clinic at the University Animal Hospital, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Deputy members:

  • Anna-Maria Andersson, Hygiene Director, Evidensia
  • Gittan Gröndahl, Assistant State Veterinarian, the Swedish National Veterinary Institute
  • Anita Haug Haaland, Associate Professor, Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Outi Vapaavuori, Professor, Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Helsinki University
  • Karin Holm, Clinic Director of the horse clinic at the University Animal Hospital, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Coordinator: Malin Hagberg Gustavsson, program secretary for the research platform SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Administration

The network is coordinated by SLU's research platform SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health. The secretariat is placed in SLU's Center for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.