P.O. Box 66
00014 University of Helsinki
Agnes Sj÷bergin katu 2
fax +358-(0)9-191 57161
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine safeguards the health and wellbeing of animals and people. It is the only institution of higher education in Finland to educate veterinary surgeons. The Faculty’s operations are located at the Viikki Campus and Saari in Mäntsälä.
Paula Larenza Menzies brings world-class expertise on veterinary anesthesia
We talked to Paula Larenza Menzies who started working as assistant professor of anesthesia at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Viikki in 2013. Paula brings world-class expertise in the field of veterinary anaesthesia to Finland as she is the only Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist currently working in Finland.
New dwarfism mutation identified in dogs
Professor Hannes Lohi's research group has identified a mutation in ITGA10 gene, causing chondrodysplasia in two dog breeds, the Norwegian Elkhound and the Karelian Bear Dog. The research revealed a new chondrodysplasia gene in dogs, and a candidate gene for human chondrodysplasias. The finding has implications on bone biology as well as canine health. The study was published on the scientific journal PLOS ONE on 25 September 2013.
Professor, Vice-Rector Johanna Björkroth nominated as Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal's Scientific Editor
Professor,Vice-Rector Johanna Björkroth has been nominated as Scientific Editor of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM) published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for a five-year period.
New PRA gene identified in Phalenes and Papillons
Professor Hannes Lohi's research has identified a mutation in CNGB1 gene, causing progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) in the Phalene and Papillon dog breeds. PRA is one of the most common causes of blindness in dogs and in human. CNGB1 mutations have been previously associated with the corresponding human disease, human retinitis pigmentosa. This study highlights the shared genetic etiology of many canine and human genetic disorders, and provides new tools to investigate PRA mechanisms while the beloved dogs benefit from genetic testing. The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE on August 28, 2013.
Giant cows and high-quality equipment
Erick Mosha and Gwakisa Aroni, two veterinary students from Tanzania, spent 3 months in practical training at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The size of the cows, the high-quality equipment of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as well as the warm connections between the students and the staff impressed the students.
Professor of Food Hygiene Dr. Hannu Korkeala and University Lecturer in Environmental Health and Food Safety Control Dr. Mari Nevas from the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health were members of a Food Safety delegation from the University of Helsinki that visited veterinary and food science departments at Zhejiang University, Northwest A&F University, and China Agricultural University in January.