Detailed information on research areas and current research projects at the Faculty is available on department websites. Further information on research conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, its researchers and publications is available in the research portal.
Research at the Departments
Research at the Department is focused on food hygiene, environmental hygiene, toxicology and environmental health care control. In addition, research is conducted in meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene. Research on environmental health care control complements research in molecular biology well. Together, they make up a strong area of expertise in food and environmental hygiene.
Research specialities include development of the bovine immune system, developmental physiology of the brain and nervous system, body responses and host-microbe interaction, G protein-mediated cell signalling, genetic diseases in canines, zoonotic infectious diseases as well as animal pathology and parasitology. Research conducted at the Department is diverse and multidisciplinary.
The research is focused on animal health and welfare. Our clinical research concentrates on equine and small animal disease diagnostics and treatment practices, as well as animal welfare in various species. We actively support the development of models related to translational research in veterinary medicine where animal diseases are used as models for human diseases.
The clinical research conducted at the Department focuses on domestic animals. The Department aims to study animal diseases and preventive health care, as well as specifically promote animal health and welfare.
The field of animal welfare aims to describe feelings experienced by animals as objectively as possible. In other words, animal welfare research investigates how animals experience their surroundings. Animal welfare research is largely based on applied ethology, since the most accurate way to describe animal experiences is to study the behaviour of animals. Applied ethology is a discipline that studies the behaviour of animals influenced by humans. In addition to behaviour, the field of animal welfare measures, among other things, health and physiological changes in animals.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Helsinki is an independent institute of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, with research and teaching as its main purposes.
In practice, the hospital offers its patients for use in veterinary research and teaching.
All blood, urine, tissue and other similar samples and test results collected by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are available for veterinary research. According to the same principle, written, photographic and other similar material accumulated in connection with clinical treatment is available for research use. All research-related matters are the responsibility of the veterinarians conducting the research.
Research at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (in Finnish)
Further information on research conducted at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, its researchers and publications is available in the research portal.