Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department of Production Animal Medicine operates in two locations: the Saari estate in Mäntsälä (some 60 kilometres northeast of Helsinki) and the Viikki Campus in Eastern Helsinki.

The Saari Unit accommodates the disciplines of both reproduction of domestic animals and production animal medicine. Reproduction of domestic animals investigates the reproduction of the most important domestic animals in Finland, and production animal medicine focuses mainly on ruminants and pigs. The Saari Unit also houses the Production Animal Hospital, one of the clinics of the University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital,which includes a mobile clinic, a hospital for production animals and an outpatient clinic.

The Helsinki Unit offers the discipline of animal management and welfare, which covers the feeding of and the effects of the production environment on domestic animals as well as animal welfare, ethology and animal protection.

Both the Saari Unit and the Helsinki Unit have their own research laboratories. The Saari Laboratory concentrates primarily on patient samples and on laboratory work supporting research in animal reproduction. The Helsinki/Viikki Laboratory serves those departments of the Faculty that focus on clinical medicine and, in addition to analysing patient samples, offers ample opportunities for extensive research. Furthermore, the Helsinki Unit features an ethology laboratory specialising in technology related to the description and analysis of animal behaviour.

The teaching staff are involved in organising the operations of the Research Centre for Animal Welfare, which is a cooperation network of experts in the field at the University of Helsinki. The national ANIWEL Graduate School in Animal Welfare will focus on a multidisciplinary investigation of animal welfare and clinical veterinary research for the period 2010-13. The Department also accommodates the Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare, which is a national cooperation network funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

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


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Magdy Adam

Person: Visiting scholar

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Stefan Björkman

Person: U3 Research and teaching staff, Teaching and research personnel

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Acute phase response and clinical manifestation in outbreaks of interdigital phlegmon in dairy herds

Kontturi, M., Junni, R., Kujala-Wirth, M., Malinen, E., Seuna, E., Pelkonen, S., Soveri, T. & Simojoki, H., Feb 2020, In : Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 68, 7 p., 101375.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Administration of aromatase inhibitor MPV-2213ad to blue fox vixens (Vulpes lagopus) as a model for contraception in female dogs

Lindh, L., Lindeberg, H., Banting, A., Banting, S., Sainmaa, S., Beasley, S., Korhonen, H. & Peltoniemi, O., 15 Apr 2020, Theriogenology. Elsevier, Vol. 152. p. 53-63 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Evaluation of criminal sanctions concerning violations of cattle and pig welfare

Väärikkälä, S., Koskela, T., Hänninen, L. & Nevas, M., 16 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Animals.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Field trial to evaluate the effect of an intranasal respiratory vaccine protocol on bovine respiratory disease incidence and growth in a commercial calf rearing unit

Sandelin, A., Härtel, H., Seppä-Lassila, L., Kaartinen, L., Rautala, H., Soveri, T. & Simojoki, H., 4 Mar 2020, In : BMC Veterinary Research. 16, 1, 10 p., 73.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Sikakurssi 2020

Claudio Oliviero (Chair of organizing committee), Claudio Oliviero (Speaker: Chair)
24 Feb 202028 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Kooste kuiviketutkimuksessa tehdystä käyttäytymisseurannasta

Laura Hänninen (Speaker)
11 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Ihmeellinen uni

Laura Hänninen (Speaker: Presenter)
28 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Journal of functional foods (Journal)

Claudio Oliviero (Reviewer)
Apr 2020 → …

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

Member of the Examination committee

Laura Hänninen (Other role (describe in more detail in "Relation description, notes" field))
3 Apr 2020

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis


Fellow of the Teachers´Academy

Laura Hänninen (Recipient), 21 Dec 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Heli Castren award

Laura Hänninen (Recipient), 1996

Prize: Prizes and awards


Mari Heinonen (Recipient), 28 Mar 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards