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Curriculum vitae

Clinical advisor (clinical microbiology). Research projects: clinical microbiology and multiresistant animal pathogens such as MRSA, MRSP and ESBL as well as their epidemiology; antimicrobial use, clinical diagnostics (infectious diseases). Other interests: hospital hygienie, prevention and control of hospital outbreaks 


  • 413 Veterinary science
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology

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

Publications 2002 2019

Genetic resistance determinants to fusidic acid and chlorhexidine in variably susceptible staphylococci from dogs

Frosini, S-M., Bond, R., Rantala, M. H. J., Grönthal, T. S. C., Rankin, S., O'Shea, K., Timofte, D., Schmidt, V., Lindsay, J. & Loeffler, A., 25 Apr 2019, In : BMC Microbiology. 19, 10 p., 81.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Skin and ear health in a group of English bulldogs in Finland - a descriptive study with special reference to owner perceptions

Seppänen, R., Kaimio, M., Schildt, K. J. M., Lilja-Maula, L., Hyytiäinen, H., Mölsä, S., Morelius, M., Rajamäki, M., Lappalainen, A. & Rantala, M., 29 Apr 2019, In : Veterinary Dermatology. 2019 / 30, p. 307-e85 Vet Dermatol2019;30: 307–e85.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

The use of aminoglycosides in animals within the EU: development of resistance in animals and possible impact on human and animal health: a review

van Duijkeren, E., Schwarz, C., Bouchard, D., Catry, B., Pomba, C., Babtiste, K. E., Moreno, M. A., Rantala, M., Ruzauskas, M., Sanders, P., Teale, C., Wester, A. L., Ignate, K., Kunsagi, Z. & Jukes, H., 19 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. p. 1-17 17 p., J Antimicrob Chemother. 2019 Apr 19. pii: dkz161.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Antimicrobial effects of a coniferous spruce resin product (AniVox®) on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius strains

Rantanen, E., Punakallio, L., Järvinen, R. & Rantala, M., 28 Nov 2018, Eläinlääkäripäivät, luentokokoelma. Eläinlääkäripäivät, luentokokoelma

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

FINRES-Vet 2016-2017: Finnish Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Consumption of Antimicrobial Agents

Nykäsenoja, S., Pohjanvirta, T., Biström, M., Raunio-Saarnisto, M., Kaartinen, L., Helin-Soilevaara, H., Pekkanen, K., Kivilahti-Mäntylä, K., Nevalainen, M., Rantala, M. & Grönthal, T., 10 Dec 2018, Helsinki: Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. 57 p. (Evira publications; no. 5/2018)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access


Vuoden eläinlääkäri, 2017

Merja Rantala (Recipient), 16 May 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2010 2019

Bettina Nonnemann: Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry: new applications in veterinary science

Merja Rantala (Pre-examiner), Lars Jelsbak (Pre-examiner), Peter Damborg (Pre-examiner), Karl Pedersen (Supervisor), Karl Pedersen (Supervisor), Mette Sif Hansen (Supervisor), Kerstin Skovgaard (Other role (describe in more detail in "Relation description, notes" field))
27 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in Finland / Thomas Grönthal

Merja Rantala (Supervisor), Heli Piiparinen (Supervisor), Satu Marja Sankari (Director)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Antimicrobial resistance in animals in Finland

Merja Rantala (Speaker)
16 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation