Large Animal Surgery

Last changed: 23 May 2022


Large Animal Surgery includes indicated and relevant surgical treatments of horses and pigs, as well as large and small ruminants commonly kept in Sweden, in clinical practice, education, as well as research and development of methods.

The objective of surgical treatment is to restore or to optimise biological function and to minimise any suffering. Alternatively, the objective may be to modify behaviour and/or normal function, such as castration and dehorning.

Subspecialties such as ophthalmology, dentistry and neurology exist, however tradi­tionally the field is primarily divided into soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery. Intensive care, infections that require surgical intervention and pain control are also important areas that are included. There is an international specialist pro­gramme in the field of surgery within the framework of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal Surgery specialty). There are also international specialist programmes in the ophthalmology, neurology and veterinary dentistry.


Current research
  • Dental and hoof diseases
  • Ocular diseases
  • Lameness diagnostics using biomechanical methods
  • Assessment of various types of pain caused by surgery, including neuroma
  • Pain assessment methodology, including automated methods
  • Wound healing
  • Evaluation of new drugs for the treatment of aseptic arthritis
  • Rapid detection of septic arthritis

Research large animal surgery