Veterinary Nursing

Last changed: 21 November 2023

Animal welfare

Description of the field

Research in animal care includes topics such as animal care science, rehabilitation and healthcare hygiene.

Animal care science is defined as the science that creates knowledge about relationships and actions to promote the patient's development towards physical and mental health. Thus, health is seen as more than the absence of disease and can be related to the feeling of well-being.

The aim of animal care is to promote patients' health and well-being, to prevent ill health, to alleviate suffering and to promote a dignified end of life. A topic that is central to the professional practice of veterinary nurses in particular.

Current research

The research conducted is largely for animal welfare:

  • Rehabilitation

Includes validation of diagnostic methods and evaluation of treatment methods. Especially those aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems and pain.

  • Perioperative and perianesthetic animal care

  • Animal nursing in clinical nutrition and pharmacology

Ongoing interdisciplinary research

It also describes research within the SLU Future One Health research project, a platform for interdisciplinary research. The research focuses on:

  • Healthcare hygiene

Focusing on reducing the spread of infection and the use of antibiotics

  • Clinical pharmacology

Focusing on reducing the use of antibiotics

  • Epidemiology in animal care

Focusing on increasing longevity in animals. Which can also be used as a comparative model for humans.

Research veterinary nursing


Anna Bergh, Senior Lecturer
Department of Clinical Sciences, SLU, 018-67 21 52