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.

Projects 1995 2023

Utaretulehdus ja antibioottiresistenssi − mikä on kalvovesikkeleiden rooli?

Siljamäki, P. M., Savijoki, K. K., Varmanen, P. K., Taponen, S. S. & Nyman, T.


Project: Research projectLaboratory operations

HOH: Helsinki One Health

Peltoniemi, O. A. T.


Project: Research project_Research

Farm-based adapted education for pupils in the secondary school

Berget, B., Thodberg, K., Lidfors, L., Pálsdóttir, A. M. & Wikman, I. J.


Project: Research project_Research

Publications 1986 2019

Acceptability of flavoured pharmaceutically non-active minitablets in pet cats tested with a rapid 3-portal acceptance test with and without food

Savolainen, S. M., Hautala, J. K., Junnila, J., Airaksinen, S., Juppo, A. M., Raekallio, M. R. & Vainio, O., 2019, (Submitted) In : Veterinary Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Analysis of factors affecting the pregnancy rate of mares after inseminations with cooled transported stallion semen

Kareskoski, M., Venhoranta, H., Virtala, A-M. & Katila-Yrjänä, M. T. H., 15 Mar 2019, In : Theriogenology. 127, p. 7-14 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Bacterial species associated with interdigital phlegmon outbreaks in Finnish dairy herds

Kontturi, M., Junni, R., Simojoki, H., Malinen, E., Seuna, E., Klitgaard, K., Kujala-Wirth, M., Soveri, T. & Pelkonen, S., 29 Jan 2019, In : BMC Veterinary Research. 15, 12 p., 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Body condition, live weight and success in agonistic encounters in mixed parity groups of sows during gestation

Norring, M., Valros, A. E., Bergman, P. S., Marchant-Forde, J. & Heinonen, M. L., 2019, In : Animal. 13, 2, p. 392-398 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 1986 2019

Recent results from disbudding pain

Ann-Helena Hokkanen (Speaker)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Epidemiology and Infection (Journal)

Maria J Vilar (Reviewer)
Jan 2019 → …

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

Management of farrowing, colostrum yield and colostrum intake

Claudio Oliviero (Speaker)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Haastavat ohjaus- ja neuvontatilanteet -koulutus

Laura Talvikki Hänninen (Attendee)
8 Feb 2019

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


Kriittinen eläintutkimus ja lajienvälinen oikeudenmukaisuus

Laura Talvikki Hänninen (Attendee)
16 Jan 2019

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


Best poster award (2010) in annual veterinary meeting in Finland

Heli Venhoranta (Recipient), 1 Dec 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Fellow of the Teachers´Academy

Laura Talvikki Hänninen (Recipient), 21 Dec 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Heli Castren award

Laura Talvikki Hänninen (Recipient), 1996

Prize: Prizes and awards


Mari Leena Heinonen (Recipient), 28 Mar 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards