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The Swedish Veterinary Association (Sveriges Veterinärförbund - SVF)
The Swedish Veterinary Association (SVF) is a member of the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO). Of the 26 member associations within SACO SVF is the oldest. It was founded in 1860 and has today approximately 2900 veterinarians and veterinary students as members.

The objectives of The Swedish Veterinary Association are to promote the development of veterinary science and to safeguard the social and economic interests of the members.

In 1982 the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine (Sveriges Veterinärmedicinska Sällskap - SVS) was founded within the Association. The specific purpose of this society is to handle questions concerning the development of veterinary medicine, for example by initiating investigations into areas where such interests are at risk. SVS also actively plan, arrange and administer continuing education such as courses and specialization programmes for veterinarians.

The executive board of the Swedish Veterinary Association
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Guidelines for the clinical use of antibiotics in the treatment of dogs and cats
Guidelines for antibiotic use in the treatment of dogs and cats were compiled on commission from the Board of the Swedish Veterinary Society. The General Assembly of the Swedish Veterinary Association then adopted these as their policy in October 2002, with a revision in 2009.

The intention is that this policy should be used as a guide when choosing management and treatment of dogs and cats This can sometimes mean either to refrain from treatment altogether or alternatively to choose a treatment that does not include antibiotics. The main aim is that the chosen treatments are as effective as possible and that any undesirable side effects are kept to a minimum.

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More than 90 percent of all Swedish veterinarians are members of the Swedish Veterinary Association, as well as many of the veterinary students at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Agricultural Sciences. There are approximately 2000 active veterinarians in Sweden (not including the retired veterinarians). During recent years the number of female veterinarians has increased greatly - 80 percent of the veterinary students are now women.

The largest fields of work for veterinarians in Sweden are: 
practicing veterinarians - approximately 700 veterinarians are working as practitioners with farm animals, horses and companion animals. Out of these approximately 250 are employed full-time and 50 part-time by the Government as district veterinarians, the remaining work as private practitioners.

Veterinarians employed at animal hospitals – approximately 230 veterinarians are working mainly with small companion animals, but many also with equine practice.

Veterinarians employed at slaughter houses and for food hygiene work – approximately 100 veterinarians are employed full-time and another 100 part-time by the government for meat inspection, laboratory work, hygiene control etc.

Veterinarians employed at the Veterinary Faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – approximately 150 veterinarians are doing clinical work, teaching and research.

Veterinarians employed at the National Veterinary Institute – approximately 50 veterinarians doing diagnostic laboratory work and research.

In addition to the groups listed above, veterinarians are also employed by the farmers associations, by regional governments and municipal authorities, by different industries, such as pharmaceutical and food companies, and some are involved in other activities.

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The Board of the Committee for Veterinary Medicine
Susanna Sternberg Lewerin (President), Lena Malmgren, Bengt Eriksson, Elina Åsbjer,
Lisa Ekman och Annelie Eneroth.

The Board meets 4-6 times every year to discuss different issues and ongoing activities. Each Board member represents one of the five sections within the Society - Equine, Small Animals, Farm Animals, Veterinary Public Health and Laboratory Animals. The President and vice President are both elected by the members of the Association. The Board is also responsible for the scientific program at the annual Veterinary Congress organized by the Association.

Address and how to contact us
The office of Sveriges Veterinärförbund is situated at Kungsholms Hamnplan 7 in Stockholm
Mailing address: Box 12709, S-112 94 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Telephone: +46-8-545 558 20 and telefax: +46-8-545 558 39
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One of the most important tasks of SVF is to negotiate salaries and other terms of employment for the members. Negotiations for veterinarians employed by the government are done through SACO.

The governmentally employed veterinarians include district veterinarians, veterinarians working with meat inspection at slaughter houses, and veterinarians employed by state institutions and authorities. SVF also handles negotiations with all other private employers.

In co-operation with SACO statistics on veterinary salaries for privately employed veterinarians are compiled every year.

Insurance programmes have been specially devised for the members of SVF. Veterinarians can thus sign up for different insurance programmes with favourable conditions on a collective basis.

The opinion of SVF is frequently asked on issues related to veterinary medicine. The Ministry of Agriculture, the National Food Administration, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, as well as other official bodies and organisations, submit proposals for new laws or constitutional amendments to SVF for consideration.

Other institutions and various organisations also refer issues under discussion to SVF for comments or statements. SVF also actively seeks to influence decisions of importance for veterinarians, veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession, public health and animal welfare.

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The Swedish Veterinary Journal

An important part of the work of SVF involves information, borth to the members and to the general public , the politicians and the press. To this end SVF publishes a journal, the Swedish Veterinary Journal (Svensk Veterinärtidning, SVT) which contains scientific articles on veterinary medicine, information on the work of both SVF and SVS, as well as articles on other matters of interest to the Swedish veterinarians. Fifteen issues of the journal are being published every year and they constitute the main source of veterinary information in Sweden.

Together with the other Nordic Veterinary Associations SVF publishes a scientific journal, 
Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, which is an "open access"-journal on the Internet. 

Svensk Veterinärtidning (SVT)
The Swedish Veterinary Journal
Box 12 709, S-112 94 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone:: +46-8–545 558 20

The Swedish Veterinary Journal is the only scientific veterinary journal in Swedish. It is published 12 times a year, and reaches almost all Swedish veterinarians, as well as veterinary pharmaceutical industries in Sweden and Scandinavia, the editorial officies of the major Swedish newspapers, most libraries and interested members of the public. 

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Continuing Education for Veterinarians

Courses for the continuing education of Swedish veterinarians are given by SVS. The five sections within the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine (SVS) are active in planning and organizing courses on different topics, in co-operation with SVS. Courses are also given by many other course organizer such as the various animal hospitals, mainly for small animal or equine practitioners, and by the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the farmer associations for district veterinarians and general practitioners.

Since January 1, 2002, there are five programmes available for Swedish veterinarians leading to the title of "Swedish specialist". These are on diseases of dogs and cats, diseases of horses, diseases of cattle, diseases of swine, and food hygiene. These programmes are being administered by SVS, including the final examination at the end of the training. After having completed the training and passed the examination the specialists are officially appointed and given their title by the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Since 2005 there are also additional specialist programmes on specific topics available for those who are specialists in diseases of dogs and cats. At present training is ongoing on the following topics: dermatology, internal medicin, cardiology, surgery, reproduction, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and odontology.

A national veterinary congress is arranged by SVS every year in November. It consists of symposia on topics covering most of the traditional fields of veterinary work, but the program also contains discussions on ethics, policy questions, current problems and union matters. The congress is always attended by a large number of the Swedish veterinarians, as well as by many veterinary student. Proceedings from the meeting are printed and distributed to all participants. These proceedings are also on sale to all veterinarians, and to any interested member of the public. 

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The SVF as a Lobby Organisation

The Swedish Veterinary Association (SVF) has an important role to play as a lobby organisation to influence public opinion, and ultimately also political decisions regarding animal health and animal welfare, public health, food safety, and other matters close to the veterinary profession.

When dealing with such questions of current interest, working groups are often set up to penetrate the issues, and to prepare them for decisions by the SVF Executive Board or by the GA.

In addition to these temporary working groups a number of permanent committees have been set up within SVF. These committees should constantly survey and discuss the situation for certain topics, and act when necessary.

An example of such a committee is the Committee on Animal Welfare.

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Organisational Structure

The Swedish veterinarians are organized in two unions according to if they are employed (AVF) or private practitioners (FVF). The Swedish Veterinary Association (SVF) is made up of these two unions.

The main objectives of the two unions, as well as of SVF, are to improve the working conditions of its members by, for example, negotiating improved terms of employment or dealing with common work problems.

Within SVF the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine (SVS) was created in 1982. Each member of the Association is automatically a member of the Society. SVS is divided into sections representing different fields of veterinary medicine. There are at present five sections: Equine, Small Animal, Farm Animal, Veterinary Public Health and Laboratory Animal.

The procedure of decision making within SVF is as follows. Major policy decisions are taken by the General Assembly (GA), which meets every year. The GA consists of approximately 45 representatives from the unions and sections.

The Executive Board, which consists of a president, a vice president and seven members is elected by all members of the SVF through general elections. The members also elect the president and vice president of SVS. The president of SVS is also a member of the SVF Executive Board. The Executive Board is responsible for decision making and management of SVF between GA meetings. SVS has its own Executive Board consisting of the president and vice president elected by the GA and the presidents of the five sections.

The Association has a permanent *office in Stockholm. Presently this office has twelve employees: the President, who is a veterinarian, an office director, two lawyers acting as ombudsmen, the Secretary General of SVS, also a veterinarian, another veterinarian who is Chief Information Officer and the editor of the Swedish Veterinary Journal (Svensk Veterinärtidning), one part-time reporter, one accountant and four secretaries. The President is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Executive Board in the day to day activities of the association. The Secretary General is responsible for carrying out decisions made by the Executive Board of the SVS.

*The office of Sveriges Veterinärförbund is situated at Kungsholms Hamnplan 7 in Stockholm.
Mailing address: Box 12709, S-112 94 STOCKHOLM, Sweden.
Telephone: +46-8-545 558 20 and telefax: +46-8-545 558 39
E-mail: or to reach a particular staff member use:


Uppdaterades senast 29 januari 2020