Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine is located on the Viikki Campus of the University of Helsinki.

The headquarters of the Department share the Clinicum building with the University Teaching Hospital. The Department comprises four disciplines: equine medicine, small animal medicine, veterinary diagnostics, and veterinary pharmacology and toxicology. Painrelated studies at the Pain Research Center focus on canines and felines. Validated diagnostic (Helsinki Chronic Pain Index) and innovative imaging (thermography) methods raise our clinical pain-related know-how to the highest international level. A project in canine cognition opens new approaches to the minds of our best friends. The pathophysiology and clinical treatment of canine intestinal and pulmonary diseases are of the highest level.

Equine research concentrates on laminitis and osteoarthritis. The development of diagnostic tests, which could easily be adjusted in practice, is also a central interest. Prevalence and epidemiology studies of equine polyneuropathy are conducted through Nordic cooperation.

The Clinical Research Laboratory offers ample opportunities for extensive research.

The national ANIWEL Graduate School in Animal Welfare is directed at the Department. ANIWEL focuses on clinical veterinary research and animal welfare for the years 2010-13.

Researchers in the Animal Pain Center are active mainly in the operations of the Research Centre for Animal Welfare, a cooperative network of experts in the field at the University of Helsinki.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


No photo of Elina Marjaana Aimo-Koivisto

Elina Marjaana Aimo-Koivisto

Person: U2 Teaching and research staff

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Johanna Anturaniemi (o.s. Roine)

Person: U2 Teaching and research staff, UH, Teaching and research personnel

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Maria Aromaa

Person: U1 Research and teaching staff




A putative silencer variant in a spontaneous canine model of retinitis pigmentosa

Kaukonen, M., Quintero, I. B., Mukarram, A. K., Hytönen, M. K., Holopainen, S., Wickström, K., Kyöstilä, K., Arumilli, M., Jalomäki, S., Daub, C. O., Kere, J., Lohi, H. & Consortium, T. DA., 9 Mar 2020, In : PLoS Genetics. 16, 3, 20 p., 1008659.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Bacterial Biogeography of the Colon in Dogs With Chronic Inflammatory Enteropathy

Giaretta, P. R., Suchodolski, J. S., Jergens, A. E., Steiner, J. M., Lidbury, J. A., Cook, A. K., Hanifeh, M., Spillmann, T., Kilpinen, S., Syrja, P. & Rech, R. R., 1 Mar 2020, In : Veterinary Pathology. 57, 2, p. 258-265 8 p., 0300985819891259.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Cardiovascular effects of intravenous vatinoxan (MK-467) in medetomidine-tiletamine-zolazepam anaesthetized red deer (Cervus elaphus)

Einwaller, J., Painer, J., Raekallio, M., Gasch, K., Restitutti, F., Auer, U. & Stalder, G. L., 29 Mar 2020, In : Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Eläinten anestesia

Salla, K. & Pekkola, V., Feb 2020, In : Finnanest.. 53, 1, p. 43-51 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientific

Open Access


Extracellular vesicles in the lungs of asthmatic horses (väitöskirjatyön ohjaus)

Heini Rossi (Supervisor)
Mar 2020 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Massey Univ, Massey University, Inst Agr & Environm

Anna Hielm-Björkman (Visiting researcher)
7 Jan 202029 Jan 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Veterinary Microbiology (Journal)

Thomas Grönthal (Reviewer)
20 Mar 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica (Journal)

Thomas Grönthal (Reviewer)
26 Feb 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Veterinary Microbiology (Journal)

Thomas Grönthal (Reviewer)
15 Apr 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


The DOGRISK dataset

Hielm-Björkman, A. (Creator), Anna Hielm-Björkman, 2050