Small Animal Medicine

Last changed: 04 January 2023


The field of small animal medicine focuses primarily on clinical questions con-cerning companion animals, which includes several animal species, however most-ly dogs and cats.

Small animal medicine includes physiological and pathophysio­logical events related to prevention, diagnostics and medical treatment in the event of disease/illness. Small animal medicine includes various subdisciplines, such as dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology, infectious diseases, cardiology, oncology, neurology, pulmonology, urology/nephrology, clinical nutrition and clinical toxicology. 


Current research

  • Etiopathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical diseases linked to clinical issues in companion animals, primarily dogs and cats, with improved animal health for the individual animal as the objective.
  • Increased animal welfare and well-being that contributes to increased well-being in humans.
  • Comparative aspects with focus on One Health.

Specifically, today, research is conducted concerning epidemiology, etiopathology, pathophysiology, prevention, biomarkers, prognosis, diagnostics and treatment for the following diseases in dogs and cats:

  • Chronic kidney diseaseHeart disease
  • Tumours/neoplastic diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Endocrine diseases/disorders
  • Neurological diseases
  • Skin diseases/skin ailments

Research small animal medicine

Head of Subject

Jens Häggström, Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences, SLU                                , 018-672124