The Faculty has a strong profile in animal health care and wellbeing as well as food safety. The goal is to carry out and develop international state-of-the-art education and research in veterinary medicine, taking professional and social changes into account.
HOH Helsinki One Health is a network organization launched in 2018 to coordinate research actions within the area of One Health at University of Helsinki. University of Helsinki has directed funds to Helsinki One Health research, as this area is one of the university's key strategic research areas.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has an important role in educating specialists to maintain the health and welfare of both animals and humans. The Faculty educates veterinarians to respond to the changing demands of society, taking into account the demands of free movement within the profession and recognition of professional qualifications in the European Union (2005/36/EC and 2013/55/EU). The Faculty secures the multifaceted veterinary know-how and development of the practice of veterinary medicine by educating its students and researchers to become versatile, competent professionals.
The training programme in veterinary medicine at the University of Helsinki has been evaluated and approved by the the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and is widely recognised. See accreditation status.
The Faculty has four departments:
- Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
- Equine and Small Animal Medicine
- Production Animal Medicine
- Veterinary Biosciences.
An essential part of the activities of the Faculty is the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides the finest in veterinary medical care – it is Finland’s only veterinary hospital to be open 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Every year, more than 20,000 animal patients are treated at the Hospital.
In addition, the Faculty’s units include the Research Centre for Animal Welfare.