Practical arrangements at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine during the coronavirus outbreak

Any special instructions applying exclusively to teaching, research and other arrangements at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will be published on this page.

The University of Helsinki is carrying on the recovery of operations from the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus, now transitioning to stage 2 of the four-stage recovery plan.

Further information can be found via the following links:

Any special instructions applying exclusively to research, teaching and other arrangements at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will be published on this page.

Page updated on 9 June - updated with recovery plan information

The University community will, as a rule, telecommute until 16 August

Unless previously agreed otherwise with regard to your duties, all University staff will telecommute. Working on the University premises must be agreed with the supervisor, who must, in turn, inform their supervisor and, if necessary, confirm the conditions of work with them. In addition, if you need to be present in the workplace to perform a specific task, you can agree on this with your supervisor. If you work in Building EE, please pick up a new electronic key, as the electronic locks have been changed on Viikki Campus starting from Building EE.

The third stage of the recovery plan is expected to enter into force on 17 August 2020. The University’s coronavirus management team is monitoring the development of the coronavirus pandemic, and restrictions can be added to the recovery plan if the pandemic situation worsens.


As of 1 June, it is possible to conduct research work which requires on-site presence on the University premises. However, telecommuting will remain the default procedure until 16 August 2020, provided your duties allow it.

Working in the University's research facilities is permitted after submitting a personal notification of your presence. This notification procedure is important in terms of both contact tracing and, when necessary, the prioritisation of duties.

At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, directors of department are responsible for organising the notification procedure at their respective departments in cooperation with the relevant principal investigators/immediate supervisors. This must be implemented by creating a timetable for laboratory work so that it is possible to indicate which persons are working in a specific facility at a specific time. The procedure where a separate permit for launching research activities is needed will be discontinued, but department directors will monitor facility use and can prioritise it, when necessary. Upon request, department directors must be able to provide reports on the individuals who have worked at the facilities at a specific time.

Further information on research work: Dean Antti Sukura,

Instructions of the Bachelor’s Programme in Veterinary Medicine and the Degree Programme in Veterinary Medicine for the provision of teaching during the exceptional circumstances at the University of Helsinki

The Faculty will comply with the instructions issued by the University of Helsinki’s coronavirus management team. Please keep up to date on the latest information provided by the University of Helsinki.

The Faculty’s primary aim is to guarantee the continued operations of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and enable fifth-year students to obtain the right to practise their profession and sixth-year students to graduate.

Specific instructions for teachers

Specific instructions for students (in Finnish only)

The planning of teaching for the autumn term is based on the premise that mass events cannot be organised, social distancing rules must be observed and close contact is to be avoided. In accordance with the recovery plan, contact instruction can be provided for groups of less than 50 individuals, in accordance with the safety guidelines (e.g., laboratory teaching). The planning of autumn events (e.g., public examinations of doctoral theses) can be initiated on the basis of the same principles as those applying to teaching.

Public examinations of doctoral theses 

Please read the general guidelines for organising public examinations.