Lennart Backstrom


Department of Medical Sciences

Lennart Backstrom

Titles and Education

  1. Professor Emeritus of Large Animal Medicine/Swine, 2002
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. PhD, 1973 
    Royal College of Veterinary Medicine, Stockholm
  3. Docentship in Food Animal Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, 1973
    Royal College of Veterinary Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden
  4. DVM, 1961
    Royal College of Veterinary Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden


Dr. Backstrom is interested in research regarding swine infectious and non-infectious respiratory diseases the role of air pollution. He is also interested in the role of herd environmental factors (sow crates, stalls, alternative production systems) on swine production and health as well as occupational respiratory ailments in swine barn workers. Prior to receiving the title of Professor Emeritus, his main research collaborators were faculty of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, U.W. Hospital, the Department of Animal Hygiene, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sweden, the Institute of Environmental Health, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield, Wisconsin.


Swine medicine, in particular preventive and population medicine. Also serves Wisconsin's swine industry on committees and was awarded the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association Industry Honoree Award in 1991.

Recent Publications

  1. Opinions of veterinary students in the United States and the European Union regarding ethics of animal use in meidcal research and food, and the use of growth promoters in food animals. J. Vet. Med. Education, submitted Jan.2005
  2. Hayes DJ, Jensen HH, Backstrom L, Fabiosa J. Economic impact of a ban on the use of over the counter antibiotics in U.S. swine rations. The International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 2001;4(1). doi:10.1016/s1096-7508(01)00071-4
  3. Olson LB, Bäckström LR. The effect of tilmicosin in minimizing atrophic rhinitis, pneumonia, and pleuritis in swine. J Swine Health Prod 2000;8(6):263-268.
  4. Jolie R, Olson L, Bäckström L. Bronchoalveolar lavage cytology and hematology: a comparison between high and low health status pigs at three different ages. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2000;12(5):438-443. doi:10.1177/104063870001200508
  5. Jolie R, Backstrom L, Olson L, et al. Respiratory and systemic health parameters in pigs raised in a conventional farm or in isolation. Swine Health Prod. 1999;7(6):269-275
  6. Jolie R, Bäckström L, Olson L, Chase C. A 15-week experimental exposure of pigs to airborne dust with added endotoxin in a continuous flow exposure chamber. Can J Vet Res. 1999;63(2):129-137.
  7. Bäckström L. Present uses of and experiences with swine vaccines. Adv Vet Med. 1999;41:419-428. doi:10.1016/s0065-3519(99)80032-9
  8. Jolie R, Bäckström L, Gunderson P. Airborne contaminants and farmers health in swine farms with high and low prevalence of respiratory diseases in pigs. Ann Agric Environ Med. 1998;5(1):87-92.