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Bodil Ström Holst

Bodil Ström Holst


I am senior lecturer in health and disease of companion animals, especially dogs and cats, with a special responsibility for extension. I share my time between extension, research, teaching and clinical work.


Teaching veterinary students is an important part of my work, and I teach within the course in veterinary clinical pathology and within the course in Reproduction. In addition, I  supervise veterinary students working with their master theses.


My research focus is reproductive endocrinology, especially in dogs. I have a specific interest in anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH),  challenges in  immunological diagnostics, and feline diabetes mellitus. 

Specific projects in which I also supervises PhD students:

  • Circulating biomarkers of cardiac disease in cats.
  • Feline diabetes mellitus

  Other research projects that I'm involved in:

  • Clinical value of AMH (Anti-Mullerian hormone) in animals.
  • Project BITCH: Endodcrinological and inflammatory changes during canine pregnancy 
  • Flat Chest in Bengal cats
  • Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (Kennel cough),
  • Canine prostatic disease


I chair the small animal committee of the Faculty of veterinary medicine and animal science. I am also head of Carenet, a network for researchers and clinicians interested in research, aiming at strengthening clinical research within veterinary medicine. 

I am a member of the national group for collaboration for better dog health.


Education and diplomas

MSc in Veterinary Medicine, SLU, 1990

PhD in Veterinary Medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology), SLU, 1999

Founding diplomate, European college of animal reproduction, 2001

Swedish specialist in reproduction in dogs and cats, 2005

Associate professor in reproduction, 2007, SLU

Professional experience:

201304 -  170109    Senior lecturer in veterinary clinical pathology

2012-04-2013-03  Lecturer in clinical pathology, SLU

2011-01-2012-04   Researcher, clinical pathology, Dep Clinical Sciences, 60%, Senior  Veterinary Officer, SVA, 40%

200608-201012       Assistant professor in clinical pathology,  SLU

200402-200607      Senior Veterinary Officer, SVA

199909-200402      Veterinary Officer, SVA (National veterinary Institute)



On-going PhD-students, main supervisor:

Sofia Hanås: Circulating cardiac biomarkers in cats.

Ninni Rothlin Zachrisson: Feline diabetes mellitus


Selected publications

Selected publications:

1.       Suvi Mäkeläinen, Minas Hellsand, Anna Darlene van der Heiden, Elina Andersson, Elina Thorsson, Bodil S Holst, Jens Häggström, Ingrid Ljungvall, Cathryn Mellersh, Finn Hallböök, Göran Andersson, Björn Ekesten, Tomas F Bergström. Deletion in the Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Gene TTC8 Results in a Syndromic Retinal Degeneration in Dogs. Genes (Basel). 2020 Sep 18;11(9):E1090. doi: 10.3390/genes11091090.
2.       Bergman D, Bäckström C, Hansson-Hamlin H, Larsson A, Holst BS. Pre-existing canine anti-IgG antibodies: implications for immunotherapy, immunogenicity testing and immunoassay analysis. Sci Rep 2020, 10: 12696, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-69618-3
3.       Holst BS, Panzani D, Camillo F, Svensson A, Rota A. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) concentrations are maximal at puberty in male donkeys and secretion is redirected from the blood stream to seminal plasma. Anim Reprod Sci. 2020 Jul;218:106484. doi: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2020.106484.
4.       Milani C, Rota A, Olsson U, Paganotto A, Holst BS. Serum concentrations of mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and sex steroids in peripartum bitches. Domest Anim Endocrinol 2020, 74, doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2020.106558.
5.       Hanås S, Holst BS, Höglund K, Häggström J, Tidholm A, Ljungvall I. Effect of feline characteristics on plasma N-terminal-prohormone B-type natriuretic peptide concentration and comparison of a point-of-care test and an ELISA test. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2020 Mar 22. doi: 10.1111/jvim.15754. [Epub ahead of print].

6.       Bergman D, Larsson A, Hansson-Hamlin H, Åhlén E, Holst BS. Characterization of canine anti-mouse antibodies highlights that multiple strategies are needed to combat immunoassay interference. Sci Rep 2019, Oct 10;9(1):14521. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51228-3.

7.       Bergman D, Larsson A, Hansson-Hamlin H, Holst BS. Investigation of interference from canine anti-mouse antibodies in hormone immunoassays, Vet Clin Pathol. 2019 2019 Oct;48 Suppl 1:59-69. 

8.       Holst BS, Gustavsson MH, Johannisson A, Hillstrom A, Strage E, Olsson O, Axnér E, Lilliehook I. Inflammatory changes during canine pregnancy. Theriogenology, 2019, 125, 285-292.


For a complete publication list, please visit Research Gate:


Head of department, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Division of Reproduction
Telephone: +4618671608
Postal address:
SLU, Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper
Box 7054
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala