Small Animal Medicine

Last changed: 24 November 2023


Description of the subject

The field of small animal medicine focuses mainly on clinical issues related to companion animals, which includes several animal species, but mainly dogs and cats.

Small animal medicine covers physiological and pathophysiological events related to prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment in case 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 related to clinical issues in companion animals, mainly dogs and cats, with the aim of improving animal health for the individual animal.
Increased animal welfare and well-being contributing to increased human well-being.
Comparative aspects with a focus on One Health.
Specifically, research is currently conducted on the epidemiology, etiopathology, pathophysiology, prevention, biomarkers, prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of the following diseases in dogs and cats:

  • Chronic kidney diseaseHeart disease
  • Tumors/neoplastic diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Endocrine diseases/disorders
  • Neurological diseases
  • Skin diseases/disorders

Research small animal medicine

Head of Subject

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