Research projects 2017

In 2017, thirteen veterinary research projects were approved for financial support from AniCura's Research Fund.

Liva Vatne, AniCura Oslo Dyresjukhus, Norway

“Transthoracic echocardiographic reference intervals in the English Setter dog”

English Setters as a breed rarely show heart disease. This project aims to establish and compare echocardiographic reference intervals of healthy English Setters with that of other breeds so that misdiagnosis of heart disease in individuals with healthy hearts can be diminished.


Ada Krupka, AniCura Direnziekenhuis Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, The Netherlands

“L-asparaginase activity and plasma amino acid profile in treatment-naïve healthy and high-grade lymphoma-bearing cats after a single injection of PEG-L-asparaginase”

Veterinary oncology is a rapidly growing field with new treatments being developed to help the increasing number of cancer patients. This research projects intends to test a new type of chemotherapy substance and develop a corresponding protocol, reducing the number of treatments needed as well as treatment time.


Eirik Kvale, AniCura Bergen Nord, Norway

Influence of sex hormones on medial patellar luxation in female small breed dogs”

Patellar luxation, or “slipped kneecaps”, is one of the major health problems in small breed dogs. This project intends to research whether the heat cycle has any impact on patellar luxation or not.


Outi Turkki, AniCura Regiondjursjukhuset Bagarmossen, Sweden

“Optimizing antimicrobial periprophylaxis in canine surgery: Analysis of data from 44 small animal practices in Europe”

Post-surgical infection is a well-known potential complication to different kinds of surgery. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of antibiotics given before and during surgery on surgical site infections. It is a multi-center study involving 763 dogs from 44 different clinics in 6 different European countries.


Anna Edner, AniCura Falu Djursjukhus, Sweden

Carprofen concentration in milk of lactating bitches treated with a subcutaneous injection of carprofen followed by oral carprofen for five days”

Sometimes bitches that have puppies are not given painkillers due to a fear that the drugs may spread to the puppies through their milk. The aim of the study is to provide veterinarians with statistical evidence of the safety of administering Carprofen to lactating bitches, improving animal welfare.


Thomas Øyo, AniCura Bergen Sor, Norway

“Genetic sequencing and differentiation of Helicobacter spp. in Norwegian dogs with gastritis and gastric ulcers”

Heliobacters are a type of bacteria that cause gastric ulcers in both humans and pets. This project aims to research various genetic variants of this bacteria and thereby understand how antibiotics treatment of the bacteria could be made more effective.


Cecilia Rohdin, AniCura Albano Djursjukhus, Sweden

Importance of hypo-and aplasia of the caudal articular facets in pugs in the development of progressing non-painful myelopathy (PMP)”

The pug breed has gained increasing popularity in recent year, and with this follows the importance of responsible breeding strategies. Myelopathies are a neurological disorder of the spinal cord and this project looks closer at how insufficient or defective development of the joints (which could be breeding-related) influences development of PMP.


Hanneke Van Meeuwen, AniCura Kliniek Voor Gezelschapsdieren Eersel, The Netherlands

Heart disease in the English Bull Terrier”

In English Bull Terriers murmur sounds in the heart are common and the breed may have higher risk for cardiac disease. In this study we will determine how common heart disease is in the Dutch and Belgian English Bull Terrier population, establish specific echocardiographic reference ranges and find out if specific cardiac conditions are genetically “inherited”.


Sofie Van Meervenne, AniCura Läckeby Djursjukhus, Sweden

The role of sex hormones in idiopathic epilepsy in dogs”

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in veterinary medicine. The effects of sex hormones on seizures and epilepsy are well documented within human medicine, but not in veterinary medicine. This project is aiming to examine the epidemiology of seizures in dogs with focus on sex and neuter status, by analyzing sex hormones in salivary (and blood) samples of dogs with epilepsy.

Åsa Bergholtz, AniCura Djursjukhuset i Jönköping, Sweden

A study on the association between extraction of diseased teeth in the maxilla and resolution of clinical signs in dogs with lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis”

Nasal disease in dogs is a common problem. Regardless of the cause the symptoms associated with nasal disease is usually nasal discharge. It is well known that dental root infections can cause chronic nasal discharge. In this study, I will investigate dental problems as a cause to chronic rhinitis and see if extraction of diseased teeth leads to resolutions of the nasal discharge.


Marianne Tenger, AniCura Albano Djursjukhus, Sweden

Prevalence of epilepsy in British Shorthair cats”

Historically, epileptic seizures in cats usually were considered the result of an intracranial structural disease, for example a brain tumour or an infection. The last 15 years it has become clear that cats suffer from recurrent seizures with no structural disease in the brain (idiopathic epilepsy), just as people and dogs do. The aim of this project is to investigate the prevalence and clinical features of epilepsy in British Shorthair cats born in Sweden 2006-2016.


Mette Louise Halck, AniCura Kobenhavns Dyrehosptial, Denmark

This project researches a disease in guinea pigs. (Further details available from the researcher.)


Jakub Kaczmarek, AniCura Klientierspezialisten Augsburg, Germany

Influence of bending direction on new polyaxial locking plate in fracture gap model”

Locking plate/screw systems are used frequently in modern fracture fixation. Most locking systems use the same angle, but newer polyaxial systems allow for different angles enabling better positioning of the screw. The study will discover if and how the polyaxial system with the advantage of better screw orientation will weaken the construct and which combination of screw position will give the most stable result.

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