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Sara Lysholm

Veterinarian and post-doctoral researcher at the Institution of Clinical Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Primarily working with infectious diseases in ruminants in Africa.


My main research area is infectious diseases in ruminants in Africa. I am employed at SLU as a post-doctoral researcher but I am based at ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. I graduated from veterinary school in January 2017 and defended my PhD thesis in December 2021.


I teach sheep handling and small ruminant diseases to veterinary students in Sweden who are in their final years of education. I also supervise students writing their MSc and BSc theses in both Sweden and Kenya.


The aim of my research project is to estimate the combined societal burden of diseases that infect both humans and animals (i.e. zoonotic diseases) in Kenya. The project is financed by an International Postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council. I am also the project leader of a vaccination project in northern Zambia, where we regularly vaccinate village poultry for newcastle disease, and dogs for rabies. I have previous experience from conducting sero-epidemiological studies focusing on small ruminant diseases in Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana, and from qualitative interview studies in Zambia.


I collaborate with researchers at ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as the University of Liverpool and the University of Zambia.

Selected publications

Crossing the line - Tracking transboundary diseases in trade and across international borders in Zambia and Tanzania. Doktorsavhandling. Länk till publikation.

Presence of Anaplasma spp. and their associated antibodies in the Swedish goat population. Lysholm, S., Ådén, F., Aspán, A., Högberg, A., Wensman, JJ., Omazic, A. (2023). Animals, 13(3). Länk till publikation.

Crossing the Line: Seroprevalence and Risk Factors for Transboundary Animal Diseases Along the Tanzania-Zambia border. Lysholm, S., Lindahl, JF., Munyeme, M., Misinzo, G., Mathew, C., Alvåsen, K., Dautu, G., Linde, S., Mitternacht, L., Olovsson, E., Wilén. (2022). Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 9 (2022). Länk till publikation.

Seroepidemiology of selected transboundary animal diseases in goats in Zambia. Lysholm, S., Lindahl, JF., Dautu, G., Johansson, E., Karlsson Bergkvist, P., Munyeme, M., Wensman, JJ. (2022). Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 206(2022) Länk till publikation.

Seropositivity rates of zoonotic pathogens in small ruminants and associated public health risks at informal urban markets in Zambia. Lysholm, S., Fischer, K., Lindahl, JF., Munyeme, M., Wensman, JJ. (2022). Acta Tropica. 225 (2022). Länk till publikation. 

Perceptions and practices among Zambian sheep and goat traders concerning small ruminant health and disease. Lysholm, S., Wensman, JJ., Munyeme, M., Fischer, K. (2020). PLoS ONE. 15(6). Länk till publikation. 

Factors Enabling Sustainable Goat Production in Zambia. Fischer, K., Lysholm, S., Wensman, JJ. (2020). Policy brief. Länk till publikation. 

Anaplasma ovis infection in goat flocks around Gaborone, Botswana. Berthelsson, J., Ramabu, SS., Lysholm, S., Aspán, A., Wensman, JJ. (2020). Comparative Clinical Pathology. 29(2020). Länk till publikation. 

First-time detection of bovine viral diarrhoea virus, BVDV-1, in cattle in Botswana. Lysholm, S., Ramabu, SS., Berg, M., Wensman, JJ. (2019). Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research. 86(1). Länk till publikation. 


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