Boel Fransson

Boel Fransson

ProfessorSoft Tissue SurgerySmall Animal      

Dr. Boel Fransson is head of the small animal surgery services at the veterinary teaching hospital. Dr. Fransson is board certified in small animal surgery and is a founding fellow in the ACVS fellowship in minimally invasive surgery; thoracoscopy and laparoscopy. Her research focuses in the area of minimally invasive surgery, with special expertise in simulation training of laparoscopic skills. She is the editor, together with Dr. Mayhew (UC Davis), of the leading textbook for small animal minimally invasive surgeons: Small animal laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (Wiley) She is director of the veterinary applied laparoscopic training (VALT) laboratory, which is focusing on research of training methods. She also developed the veterinary assessment of laparoscopic skills (VALS) program for training and assessment of veterinarians’ hands-on skills. At the veterinary teaching hospital she is the main surgeon for minimally invasive and interventional surgery procedures.


  • DVM, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1992
  • Lic Vet Med, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1997
  • Small animal surgery resident certificate, Washington State University 2003
  • MS, Washington State University 2003
  • PhD Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2003


  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, (Diplomate ACVS)
  • Founding Fellow, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy)

Research Interest

  • WSU Minimally Invasive and Interventional surgery
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy


Professional Service  

  • Past president Veterinary Endoscopy Society
  • Past president Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons Program Director

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