Small Animal Surgery

Last changed: 04 January 2023


Surgery is a specialty that involves preventing, diagnosing, curing or alle¬via¬ting the impact of diseases via an operation on a patient.

The field of small animal surgery encompasses dogs and cats and other small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and other smaller species.

In addition to the primary subject surgery, the sub-specialities at SLU in­clu­de orthopaedics (including sports medicine and rehabilitation), dentistry, ophthal­mology and neurology. Within the field of surgery, education in emer­gen­cy and intensive care, traumatology, and clinical-practical applications of adjacent areas e.g. obstetrics and neonatalogy is also provided.

There is an international specialist educational programme in surgery within the framework of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal Surgery major). There are also international specialist programmes in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology and neurology. 


Current research

In the department, research is conducted in both small animal surgery and sub-specialities in the broad sense with focus on prevention, diagnositics including development of diagnostic techniques, and treatments

Key research focuses today:

Development and evaluation of surgical techniques, as well as aftercare.Development of surgical implants.Dental health and oral cavity diseases.Pain and pain assessment, surgical stress.Biomarkers e.g. for adrenal tumours and surgical sepsis.Etiology/genetics of diseases treated surgically.

Research small animal surgery

Head of Subject

Odd Höglund
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Small Animal Unit                                                        

Telephone: 018-671328