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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 am head of the Department of Reproduction at the Department of Clinical Sciences at SLU.  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. In addition, I  supervise veterinary students working with their master theses.


My research focus is reproductive endocrinology, especially anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), and challenges in  immunological diagnostics. I have a general interest in reproduction  and diagnostics.

Specific projects in which I also supervises PhD students:

  • Circulating biomarkers of cardiac disease in cats.
  • Immunoassay interference in dogs


  Other research projects that I'm involved in:

  • Clinical value of AMH (Anti-Mullerian hormone) in animals.
  • Project BITCH: Immunology during gestation and pregnancy diagnosis in dogs.
  • Flat Chest in Bengal cats
  • Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (Kennel cough),
  • The societal value of cats and dogs in Sweden in economic terms
  • Canine prostatic disease


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.

Daniel Bergman: Immunoassay interference in dogs.


Selected publications

Selected publications:

1. Alm H, Holst BS. Identifying ovarian tissue in the bitch using anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) or luteinizing hormone (LH). Theriogenology. 2017;106:15-20.,28LgwASI

2. Holst BS. Diagnostic possibilities from a serum sample-Clinical value of new methods within small animal reproduction, with focus on anti-Mullerian hormone. Reprod Domest Anim. 2017;52 Suppl 2:303-9.

3. Holst BS, Dreimanis U: Anti-Mullerian hormone: a potentially useful biomarker for the diagnosis of canine Sertoli cell tumours. BMC Vet Res 2015, 11:166.

4. Holst BS, Holmroos E, Friling L, Hanas S, Langborg LM, Franko MA, et al. The association between the serum concentration of canine prostate specific esterase (CPSE) and the size of the canine prostate. Theriogenology. 2017;93:33-9.

5. Holst BS, Axner E, Ohlund M, Moller L, Egenvall A. Dystocia in the cat evaluated using an insurance database. J Feline Med Surg. 2017;19:42-7.

6. Holst BS, Kushnir MM, Bergquist J: Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for analysis of endogenous steroids in the luteal phase and early pregnancy in dogs: a pilot study. Vet Clin Pathol 2015.

7. Holst BS, Lofqvist K, Ernholm L, Eld K, Cedersmyg M, Hallgren G: The first case of Brucella canis in Sweden: background, case report and recommendations from a northern European perspective. Acta Vet Scand 2012, 54:18.

8. Holst BS, Hanas S, Bolske G, Forsberg CL: An investigation on the presence of Chlamydiaceae in Swedish dogs. Acta Vet Scand 2010, 52:63.

9. Axner E, Strom Holst B: Concentrations of anti-Mullerian hormone in the domestic cat. Relation with spay or neuter status and serum estradiol. Theriogenology 2015, 83(5):817-821.

10. Jitpean S, Holst BS, Hoglund OV, Pettersson A, Olsson U, Strage E, Sodersten F, Hagman R: Serum insulin-like growth factor-I, iron, C-reactive protein, and serum amyloid A for prediction of outcome in dogs with pyometra. Theriogenology 2014, 82(1):43-48.


For a complete publication list, please visit Research Gate:

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