professor of animal reproduction science
Dean Peltoniemi leads the Faculty and is responsible for, among other things, Faculty development, the effectiveness and efficiency of Faculty operations as well as the implementation of the University’s strategic plan at the Faculty.
“My first goal as the dean will be restoring the work community in the post-pandemic era in a way that enables the community to recover from the pandemic as well as increases and strengthens its inclusivity. This will be visible as an investment in inclusive events. In my actions as the dean, my aim is for members of the work community to receive all the help and support that the University is capable of offering.
Another significant goal in the near future is responding to the societal demand for increasing the student intake in veterinary medicine. With the exception of Finland, all Nordic countries have recently increased their intakes to remedy the national and international shortage of veterinarians. The national shortage in Finland in particular requires determined action in the immediate future.
My third and perhaps most important goal is to promote research, teaching and public engagement related to the One Health concept in a world afflicted by the global sustainability deficit, biodiversity loss and climate change. In cooperation with other excellent fields of science at the University of Helsinki, veterinary medicine holds a key role in the search for solutions associated with One Health.”
Vice-Dean Keto-Timonen is responsible for academic affairs and digitalisation.
“I am a docent in food hygiene. My research topics include food poisoning bacteria and their control in the food chain.
At our Faculty, veterinary education has been developed with a long-term approach. My goal is for it to continue to provide recently graduated veterinarians with sufficient knowledge and practical skills as well as the capacity for lifelong professional development. Among other things, we will take into consideration the sustainability theme, healthy learning and the development of career skills in designing the new curriculum. I believe digitalisation can help us add much-needed flexibility to studies as well as opportunities for internationalisation. Having said that, the role of contact instruction will remain essential to learning manual skills and building inclusivity. Digitalisation emphasises the importance of pedagogical skills, setting new requirements for teachers. I wish to promote the wellbeing of teachers and support them in their important work.”
Vice-Dean Sironen is responsible for public engagement, bilingual affairs and One Health.
“My responsibilities as one of the vice-deans of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine include public engagement and bilingual affairs as well as One Health. I joined the Helsinki One Health (HOH) network at the beginning of 2020 when I was appointed associate professor of emerging infectious diseases. My position is shared by the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, which I consider an opportunity to establish collaboration between the faculties and raise the profile of One Health research.
As vice-dean, my goal is to increase the visibility of research in veterinary medicine and One Health research in particular, enabling dialogue between disciplines and various operators. Challenges in One Health are multidimensional, and tackling them requires broad-based research conducted as part of the international research community and offering research results in support of societal decision-making.”
Vice-Dean Simojoki is responsible for research and teaching infrastructures as well as the clinical operating environment.
“I am the vice-dean responsible for infrastructures and the clinical operating environment at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, my duties include occupational safety on Viikki Campus. My purview also encompasses the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, whose smooth and high-quality operations are of utmost importance to us in terms of teaching and research. The Small Animal Hospital, the Equine Hospital and the Production Animal Hospital each operate in their own fields and are also capable of putting their strengths to use collaboratively.
Recently, telecommuting has made us adapt to a new kind of work culture, and my goal is to enable flexible use of work facilities after returning to the campus.
I am an associate professor of ruminant health, and my research focuses on bovine infectious diseases.”
Information for Heads of the departments and Veterinary Teaching Hospital, please see the contact details.
The Faculty Council consists of the Dean and 11 other members. The members and their deputies are elected for a four-year term (student members for two years). The professors and assistant professors elect eight members amongst themselves. The other personnel and the students both elect three members amongst themselves.
Chairman of the Faculty Council
Dean Olli Peltoniemi
(Vice Professor Päivi Rajala-Schoultz)
Other teachers and researchers and other staff
As the faculty council secretary works Services Coordinator Kati Laalo (Vice Maija Mäkinen)
Materials must be submitted two weeks before the meeting.
Faculty council meetings 2022
1/2022 18.1.2022, materials no later than 4.1.
2/2022 15.2.2022, materials no later than 1.2.
3/2022 15.3.2022, materials no later than 1.3.
4/2022 19.4.2022, materials no later than 5.4.
5/2022 17.5.2022, materials no later than 3.5.
6/2022 9.6.2022, materials no later than 26.5.
7/2022 23.8.2022, materials no later than 9.8.
8/2022 20.9.2022, materials no later than 6.9.
9/2022 11.10.2022, materials no later than 27.9.
10/2022 15.11.2022, materials no later than 1.11.
11/2022 7.12.2022, materials no later than 23.11.