Charlotte Reinhard Bjørnvad

Charlotte Reinhard Bjørnvad


Primary fields of research

  • Obesity and its consequences in dogs and cats
  • Metabolic syndrome in cats
  • Diabetes in dogs and cats
  • Gastrointestinal diseases in dogs and cats
  • Clinical nutrition in dogs and cats


Fields of interest

obesity related disorders in dogs and cats - characterization and interventions, diabetes mellitus, clinical nutrition and gastrointestinal disorders

Current research

Current Research Projects:

  • Weightloss for improving diabetic control in cats, collaboration between Royal Canin and Royal Veterinary College
  • Resistant starch for use in pet food, GUDP-project
  • Health benefits of probiotic dog food
  • University of Copenhagen Research Centre for Control of Antibiotic resistance, WP4 (UC-CARE)
  • Anti- and probiotic alteration of the gut microbiota:  effects on the intestinal metagenome, systemic low grade inflammation, innate and adaptive immunity, incretins, insulin sensitivity, and beta-cell function in animal models of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, UNIK, University of Copenhagen
  • Dog models of Fitness, UNIK, University of Copenhagen
  • Feline Obesity and Type 2 diabetes as a Spontaneous Clinical Animal Model in Comparative Medicine Danish Research Council for Health and Disease, and Strategic Research area at University of Copenhagen, “Build a Better Life”


  • 2008-2012: The endocrine heart (defended 2013)
  • 2010-2019: Obesity and diabetes in cats; tissue-specific metabolic alterations
  • 2010-2013: Canine gastritis and gastric cancer – bacterial as well as immunologic, inflammatory and endocrine status, Collaboration with NVH (defended 2014)
  • 2011-2014: A comparison of clinical, metabolic and inflammatory outcomes in diet, insulin or Glp-1 treated diabetic cats
  • 2011-2014: Dog model of Fitness
  • 2013-2018: The gut microbiome and its relation to host genetics, diet and metabolism in cats
  • 2013-2017: Evidence based diagnosis and therapy of urinary tract infections in dogs 
  • 2021-2024: Weightloss for improved glycemic control in diabetic cats


Bachelor in veterinary medicine (Bsc)

  • Companion animal basic theory (lectures in POMR based approach to patients with symptoms of gastrointestinal or liver disease and introduction to clinical nutrition)

Master in veterinary medicine (DVM)

  • Medicine, surgery and reproduction, companion animals (lectures in endokrine diseases, gastrointestinal ldiseases and clinical nutrition in dogs and cats)
  • General veterinary practice - companion animals (teaching clinical nutrition)
  • Differentiation Companion animal diseases (clinical rotations and teaching in internal medicine and clinical nutrition)
  • Supervisor of bachelor and master projects

Master in Companion Animal Clinical Sciences

  • Module 2, Internal medicine and specialty cases (course responsible, teacher)
  • Module 5, Internal medicine - respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in dogs and cats (course responsibel, teacher)
  • Module 6, Internal medicine - urologic and endocrine diseases in dogs and cats (course responsible, teacher)
  • Master thesis supervision

Domestic Animal Sciences

  • Nutrition and management of companion and exotic animals (co-course responsible, teacher)

Specialisation in Clinical nutrition for veterinary nurses

  • Module 1-5 (Course responsibel and teacher)

Possible conflicts of interest

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for FEDIAF

Research collaboration with petfood producing companies, C&D Foods, Equidan & Royal Canin

Consultant on product development, Royal Canin, Dechra, Blücare,  Novozymes & Boehringer Ingelheim

Consultant for a Danish Start-Up,, with focus on development of material for client guidance and information

Sponsorship from Royal canin to support establishment of a clinical nutrition service at the University hospital for Copmanion Animals

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