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Odd Höglund

Odd Höglund


I am senior lecturer in translational veterinary medicine, with special responsibility for extension.

Background: I am a veterinarian, PhD (Clinical Science, Surgery) and associate professor (“Docent”, Veterinary Science with focus on small animal surgery).

I enable and develop extension; my research and my teaching are closely linked to clinical work.

In my work I perform research in surgery and I teach surgery to veterinary students. 

My research is focused on development, tests and evaluation of surgical implants that aim to enable a quicker, easier and safer surgery with reduced risk of complications and shortened time for recovery. 

The other research areas are surgical stress and biomarkers for diagnosis of disease and follow-up of surgical treatment.

Associate professor of surgery since December 2016 (i.e. "Docent", Veterinary Science with focus on Small Animal Surgery).

Fellow of the Academy of Translational Medicine Professionals (FAcadTM) since 2018-10-01.

Senior lecturer in translational veterinary medicine since 2020-03-01.


My teaching is mainly soft tissue surgery and endoscopic / minimally invasive techniques in companion animals. The clinical teaching of veterinary students comprises theoretical lectures and practical training in the clinical setting of the University animal hospital. Additionally, I supervise students for their degree projects / students degree thesis in topics that relate to surgery and surgical implants.


My research is focused on development, tests and evaluation of surgical implants that aim to enable a quicker, easier and safer surgery with reduced risk of complications and shortened time for recovery. From a material perspective, I mainly work with resorbable polymers together with researchers at Uppsala University and KTH, Stockholm. Initially, a lot of the manufacturing development work of the first implant was done together with the medical device industry of Uppsala, and later on in the US.

The other research area is surgical stress . Objective methods are needed for evaluation of surgical techniques. All surgery triggers a stress response, which can be measured and used for comparisons. The physiological reactions and biomarkers of stress can be used for evaluation of both surgical techniques and anaesthetic protocols.


I obtained my degree in veterinary medicine, SLU, Uppsala, 1995. I spent over a decade in private practice, almost exclusively companion animals, in both Sweden and England. I did my postgraduate studies 2007-2012, and defended my PhD in surgery, Faculty of veterinary medicine, SLU, in 2012.

Link to thesis: Half of the thesis concerned development of a self-locking resorbable implant, with the aim to enable quicker, easier and safer surgical ligations. The other half of the thesis was related to measurements of surgical stress for evaluation and comparisons of different surgical techniques.



Michael Palmer. Biomaterials researcher, funded via a U-Share grant.

PhD candidates

Maria Östman: Evaluation of a new biomaterial for spinal fusion. A translational project, SLU - UU, surgery and material sciences.

Karolina Enlund: aspects of owners' attitudes and opinions regarding canine dental care. Main supervisor is associate professor Ann Pettersson. Link thesis

Karolina Engdahl: epidemiology of stifle joint disease in dogs. Main supervisor is professor Ulf Emanuelson.

Ida Sjöberg: large animal surgery. Main supervisor is Dr Ove Wattle. 

Previous / completed PhDs

Thanikul Srithunyarat. Defended PhD 2017-04-28. Link thesis

Supranee Jitpean. Defended PhD 2015-10-09. Link thesis 

Selected publications

Resorbable self‐locking device for canine lung lobectomy: A clinical and experimental study. Kumiko Ishigaki. Odd Viking Höglund. Kazushi Asano   Video (open access) 

Resorbable Self-Locking Implant for Lung Lobectomy Through Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery: First Live Animal Application. Rogério Luizari Guedes*, Odd Viking Höglund,* Juliana Sperotto Brum, Niklas Borg, Peterson Triches Dornbusch. *Equal contribution to this study.


Ligation of the mesovarium in dogs with a self-locking implant of a resorbable polyglycolic based co-polymer - a study of feasibility and comparison to suture ligation Matheus Roberto da Mota Costa; André Lacerda de Abreu Oliveira, PhD; Renato Moran Ramos, PhD; Leonardo Waldstein de Moura Vidal; Niklas Borg; Odd Viking Höglund

Students’ perception of the use of a Laser pointer for Intraoperative Guidance in Feline Castration. J Veterinary Medical Education. Märit Badman, Katja Höglund, Odd V Höglund.

Online dosimetry for temoporfin-mediated interstitial photodynamic therapy using the canine prostate as model. Johannes Swartling, Odd Höglund, Kerstin Hansson, Fredrik Södersten, Johan Axelsson, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt. J. Biomed. Opt. 21(2), 2016.

Chromogranin A and cortisol at intraoperative repeated noxious stimuli: Surgical stress in a dog model. Odd Viking Höglund, Ragnvi Hagman and Mats Stridsberg. SAGE Open Medicine 3:2015

Increased concentrations of Serum amyloid A in dogs with sepsis caused by pyometra. Supranee Jitpean, Ann Pettersson, Odd V Höglund, Bodil Ström Holst, Ulf Olsson and Ragnvi Hagman. BMC Vet Research, 2014, 10:273

Ligation of the spermatic cord in dogs with a self-locking device of a resorbable polyglycolic based co-polymer – a long-term follow-up study. Odd V. Höglund, Jessica Ingman, Fredrik Södersten, Kerstin Hansson, Niklas Borg and Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt. BMC Research Notes.2014, 7:825

Intraoperative Changes of Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Plasma Vasopressin and Urinary Noradrenalin during Elective Ovariohysterectomy in Dogs – repeatability at removal of first and second ovary. Veterinary Surgery, 43 (2014), 852-859 Odd V Höglund, Ragnvi Hagman, Kerstin Olsson, Ulf Olsson, Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12264.x

Chromogranins can be measured in samples from cats and dogs. Mats Stridsberg, Ann Pettersson, Ragnvi Hagman, Christoffer Westin, Odd Höglund. BMC Research Notes.2014, 7:336


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New knowledge and results of research should come into use, also outside academia. Collaboration and commercialisation are important at SLU. Through a university spin-off company, I aim to make use of IP rights and commercialise the innovative surgical implants that were developed and tested in my research (

I’ve collaborated mainly with medical device industry in both Uppsala and the USA. I’ve completed education and training at our Business Incubator, Uppsala Innovation Centre.


I perform reviews for a number of scientific journals.


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Smådjurskirurgi
Telephone: +4618671328
Postal address:
SLU, Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper
Box 7054
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala