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Boel Fransson

Boel Fransson

ProfessorSoft Tissue SurgerySmall Animal      

Dr. Boel A. Fransson is head of the small animal surgery services, and section head for surgically related services at the veterinary teaching hospital. She is board certified in small animal surgery and focuses on soft tissue surgery. She is specialized in minimally invasive surgery and has been appointed an American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founding Fellow in minimally invasive surgery, small animal laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. She is one of the two editors to the leading text book on these topics: Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (B.A. Fransson and P.D. Mayhew Eds.). She has an active research program within minimally invasive surgery as director of the veterinary applied laparoscopic training laboratory at WSU. The research has a special focus on laparoscopic skills training and assessment, in addition to minimally invasive surgical technique. She developed the veterinary assessment of laparoscopic skills, VALS training and certification program for veterinary surgeons in the United States and internationally.

Curriculum Vitae (print friendly)

Education 

  • PhD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2003
  • MSc, Washington State University, 2003
  • DVM, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1992

Certifications  

  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, (Diplomate ACVS)
  • Founding Fellow, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, minimally invasive surgery, small animal soft tissue
  • License of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1997

Research Interest

  • Small animal laparoscopy and thoracoscopy surgical procedures
  • Surgeons laparoscopic skills development and assessment
  • Surgical complications; aspiration pneumonia

Publications

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Professional Service  

  • President 2011-2013, Veterinary Endoscopy Society
  • President 2013-2015, Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons
  • Resident Program Director 2008-present, American College of Veterinary Surgery
  • Committee Chair 2018-2019 (advisor function to ACVS Board of Regents, overseeing all ACVS Fellowships, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship Oversight committee Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) member, 2016- present
  • Advisory Board member 2014- present, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Washington State University
  • Section Lead 2014-present, Team Red (small animal soft tissue surgery & orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, neurology, ophthalmology)
  • Service Lead 2014-present, Small Animal Surgery

Honors and Awards  

  • Elected College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Senate, 2021
  • Selected to American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founding Fellow status by peers 2017
  • Nominated and selected to Provost’s Leadership Academy, 2018-2019
  • Newbury Teaching Scholar, 2015, 2018
  • Awarded Best Surgery Resident Article in Veterinary Surgery, 2013