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Karin Alvåsen

Karin Alvåsen
Researcher at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences.


I work as a researcher at the Unit for Veterinary Epidemiology where I am mainly involved in research on animal health and welfare in dairy cows. I am also involved in epidemiology teaching and act as supervisor for master and PhD students.


Ongoing research

Good animal welfare - benefits for animals, farmers and society

In this interdisciplinary project, focusing on dairy herds, we study: 1) whether different animal welfare improving measures lead to cost or revenue increases at farm level; 2) actual farm production results linked to farm animal welfare levels to evaluate the economic situation of farms; 3) how and which externalities are affected by different animal welfare levels.

The research is carried out in collaboration with SRUC and Lincoln University. 
The project is funded by Formas. 


ProYoungStock - Promoting the health and welfare of dairy cows and young stock through 'natural' feeding systems 

There is great potential to improve conditions for young animals in dairy production. In this project, we study rearing systems that allow cow-calf contact. We use economic models to investigate the impact of cow-calf contact systems on the economics of dairy farms. Field trials on dairy farms are conducted to study the effects of the rearing strategies on animal welfare (including health) and farm economic performance. 

ProYoungStock is funded by the ERA-NET CORE Organic Cofund. 
More information on the project can be found here: and leaflet "Young stock and cows benefit from natural feeding systems"


Selected publications

Alvåsen, K., Dohoo, I., Roth, A. & Emanuelson, U. 2018. Farm characteristics and management routines related to cow longevity: a survey among Swedish dairy farmers. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 60:38.

Svensson, C., Alvåsen, K., Eldh, A.C., Frössling, J. & Lomander, H. 2018. Veterinary herd health management - Experiences among farmers and farm managers in Swedish dairy production. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 155, 45-52.

Alvåsen, K., Hansson, H., Emanuelson, U. & Westin, R. 2017. Animal welfare and economic aspects of using nurse sows in Swedish pig production. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 4, 204.

Alvåsen, K., Johansson, S.M., Höglund, J., Ssuna, R. & Emanuelson, U. 2016. A field survey on parasites and antibodies against selected pathogens in owned dogs in Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of South African Veterinary Association 87, a1358.

Alvåsen, K., Jansson Mörk, M., Dohoo, I.R., Hallén Sandgren, C., Thomsen, P.T. & Emanuelson, U. 2014. Risk factors associated with on-farm mortality in Swedish dairy cows. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 117, 110-120.

Alvåsen, K., Roth, A., Jansson Mörk, M., Hallén Sandgren, C., Thomsen, P.T. & Emanuelson, U. 2014. Farm characteristics related to on-farm cow mortality in dairy herds: a questionnaire study. Animal 8:10, 1735-1742.

Alvåsen, K., Thomsen, P.T., Hallén Sandgren, C., Jansson Mörk, M. & Emanuelson, U. 2014. Risk factors for unassisted on-farm death in Swedish dairy cows. Animal Welfare 23, 63-70.

Alvåsen, K., Jansson Mörk, M., Hallén Sandgren, C., Thomsen, P.T. & Emanuelson, U. 2012. Herd-level risk factors associated with cow mortality in Swedish dairy herds. Journal of Dairy Science 95, 4352-4362.


Researcher at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Veterinary Epidemiology Unit
Telephone: +4618671323, +46705413227
Postal address:
SLU, Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper
Box 7054
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala