Research groups

At the Department of Production Animal Medicine, we investigate the reproduction, diseases, welfare and preventive healthcare of domestic animals. Our research is aimed at promoting animal health and welfare, thereby fostering food safety and increasing the profitability of the industry.
Production Animal Medicine – Research groups

Research groups that operate wholly or partly under the Department of Production Animal Medicine in alphabetical order.


An­imal Re­pro­duc­tion Science

Group leader: Olli Peltoniemi

Myös suomeksi  / also in Finnish: Kotieläinten lisääntymistiede

The Animal Reproduction Science Group are researchers and clinicians at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki. Our group members work with all domestic animal species with a One Health goal in mind. In addition to working with research and teaching, we offer a variety of clinical services in animal reproduction.


Research centre for animal welfare

Myös suomeksi  / also in Finnish: Eläinten hyvinvoinnin tutkimuskeskus

We are a multidisciplinary research community uniting animal welfare and behavior researchers from different fields to a common pool of expertise.


Ru­min­ant Health

Group leader: Päivi Rajala-Schultz

Dairy production is the largest livestock sector of Finnish agriculture and bovine mastitis continues to be the most common and costly disease of dairy cows. Udder health and milk quality are topics of active research of our group. Other research areas include hoof diseases, calf health and small ruminant health. We mostly conduct applied, epidemiologic field studies, in close collaboration of industry partners.