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  1. Authors: Aleksandra Vergles Rataj, Renata Lindtner-Knific, Ksenija Vlahović, Urška Mavri and Alenka Dovč

    Content type: Original article

Article collection 
Wildlife Diseases
This collection of articles highlights interesting wildlife research, ranging from diseases in reindeer to mountain goats to gulls to otters to moles. 

Collection published: July 2018

Cross journal collection
One Health 
This series aims to help us better understand the inter-connected fields of veterinary medicine, public health and environmental sciences. 

Edited by: Professor Ulf Magnusson 
Collection published: November 2017

Cross journal collection
From farm to plate - make food safe
This series features recently published articles from our microbiology and veterinary journals, investigating different aspects of food safety and security.

Collection published: 2 April 2015

Thematic series
Q fever: a zoonotic infection in animals
This series focuses on all areas of research in Q fever in animals, including zoonotic implications, vaccination, and laboratory studies to help promote advances in this field.

Collection published: 26 March 2015

On the BMC blog

Chronic wasting disease of cervids in Europe – new strains on the horizon

Published: 25 November 2021

Identifying climate-sensitive infectious diseases in animals and humans in Northern regions

Published: 08 January 2020

Goats in the City 

Published: 23 March 2018

Rabies ecology in a changing Arctic, an Alaskan example 

Published: 24 March 2017

“What would you do?” Should vets be involved in making the decisions for seriously ill pets?

Published: 25 May 2016


Jørgen S Agerholm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Aims and scope

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica is an open access journal encompassing all aspects of veterinary research and medicine of domestic and wild animals.

Call for Papers: Wildlife Diseases

This collection of articles highlights interesting wildlife research, ranging from diseases in reindeer to mountain goats to gulls to otters to moles. Submit to this collection today!

Call for papers: Update to our Q fever collection

Q fever remains a significant public health problem worldwide, with unpredictable outbreaks. We welcome new contributions to build upon our collection dedicated to this zoonosis.

Featured Collection: One Health

More than half of infectious diseases in humans originate from animals. This series aims to enhance our understanding of the inter-connected fields of veterinary medicine, public health and environmental sciences. 

Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy; and the Summit of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians; and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

These proceedings focus on veterinary sports medicine, including reports on dynamic warm-up protocols and heart rate testing in agility dogs, rehabilitation of injuries in guinea pigs, spinal posture in horses and correction of angular limb deformities in foals using kinesiology taping.

Editors' profiles

Prof Jørgen Agerholm - Editor-in-Chief

Jørgen Agerholm, DVM, PhD, DVSci is full professor in veterinary reproduction and obstetrics at the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He obtained his PhD in Veterinary Pathology in 1993 from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen. He was a senior researcher at the Danish National Veterinary Institute from 1992-2000 and thereafter associated professor in veterinary pathology at the University of Copenhagen. From 2009, he has been full professor in veterinary reproduction and obstetrics. Dr. Agerholm joined Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica as deputy editor in 2006 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

His main research interest is reproductive pathology. Dr. Agerholm has since 1989 done research in congenital syndromes, genetic disorders, abortion diagnostics and fetal and neonatal pathology. During recent years, he has also had a research focus on genital tract infection and inflammation.

Prof Eva Axnér - Deputy Editor

Eva Axner is educated as DVM and has a PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology. She is European Diplomate in Animal Reproduction and a Swedish specialist in dog and cat reproduction. In 2008 she became associate professor in reproduction, and since 2012 she has been a professor in reproduction in carnivores. 

Her research focuses on reproduction in dogs and cats, with a particular emphasis on gamete preservation in the cat. She is also interested in the link between feline reproduction, breeding and animal welfare. In addition, her expertise encompasses reproduction in wild carnivores and domestic animals as models for creating gene banks for threatened species.

Dr Hans Henrik Dietz - Deputy Editor

Hans Henrik Dietz is educated as DVM, graduating from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen. After a couple of years in mixed practice he obtained a PhD in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmopathology from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in 1986. Hans Henrik Dietz was a senior research officer at the Danish National Veterinary Institute from 1987-2004 where he did research and diagnostic work in wildlife, zoo and fur animals including a wide range of disciplines: pathology, microbiology and epidemiology. He then became Head of Department at the Veterinary School, University of Copenhagen until 2017 followed by a position as School Director at the Veterinary School, Copenhagen.

Dr Charlotta Oddsdóttir - Deputy Editor

Charlotta Oddsdóttir is educated as DVM from Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College in Copenhagen, and completed a PhD in Equine Reproduction from University of Edinburgh. She works as a Research Coordinator at Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland and is visiting assistant professor at the Agricultural University of Iceland. Her research interests include reproductive pathology, infectious and inflammatory diseases in horses and sheep, as well as epidemiology and influence of management on animal health.

Prof Toomas Orro - Deputy Editor

Toomas Orro is educated as DVM. He obtained his PhD in 2008 from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2012, he is professor of clinical veterinary immunology and currently he is the head of the Chair of Clinical Veterinary Medicine in Estonian University of Life Sciences. 

He is an expert in veterinary immunology and especially in innate immunity. His main research topics are inflammatory response and acute phase proteins in animals. He has good expertise in clinical epidemiology and Prof Orro has published more than 80 scientific articles.

Prof Timo Soveri - Deputy Editor

Timo Soveri is educated as DVM and is currently professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Timo Soveri’s particular interest and scientific expertise includes diseases of ruminants, physiology of ruminants and wildlife diseases.

Prof Morten Tryland - Deputy Editor

Morten Tryland is educated as DVM and has a PhD in virology. He has experience as a veterinary practitioner, but has during his 25 years of scientific career been associated with Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Dept. of Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Tromsø, and is currently a professor in infection biology at Institute of Arctic and Marine Biology, Research group for Arctic Infection Biology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Northern Norway. He also holds a professor position at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø. 

His work has focused on virus infections, zoonoses and infection biology in marine and terrestrial arctic wildlife, including semi-domesticated reindeer. Together with Susan Kutz, University of Calgary, Canada, he has edited the book «Reindeer and Caribou – Health and Disease», published by CRC Press (2018).

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