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Faculty Office:
P.O. Box 66
00014 University of Helsinki

Visiting address:
Agnes Sj÷bergin katu 2

phone +358-(0)2941-911
fax +358-(0)2941-57161

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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.


Hormones and genetic susceptibility behind crib-biting behaviour in horses


Crib-biting in horses is an oral stereotype. The exact reasons for and mechanism underlying the development of crib-biting is not known. MA Karin Hemmann found in her doctoral dissertation that plasma concentrations of the metabolic hormones ghrelin and leptin are associated with crib-biting behaviour. In addition, Hemmann's study indicates that susceptibility to crib-biting is inheritable.

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Professor Willem M. de Vos thrives with young talents

Willem de Vos

Professor Willem M. de Vos was included in the recent Thomson Reuters list of the world's most influential scientific minds of 2014. We decided to find out what is his research all about.

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DVM Linda Toresson wins CGS award for scientific abstracts at the ACVIM Forum

Linda Toresson

DVM Linda Toresson's abstract about the oral supplementation of cobalamin to dogs with chronic enteropathies and hypocobalaminemia was awarded as best poster by the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) at the Annual Forum of the American College of Internal Medicine in Nashville, TN, USA, in June 2014.

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Visitors from the University of Nairobi

Uni Nairobi

Professor Eric Mitema and Associate Professor George Gitau from University of Nairobi visited the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for two weeks in March and April. The visit was part of the ongoing HESONA VetNet Cooperation project under the North-South-South Higher Education Programme funded by the Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its main aim is to map various cooperation opportunities in teaching and research.

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Spotlight nominee article on Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal


The article "The CLO3403/CLO3404 Two-Component System of Clostridium botulinum E1 Beluga Is Important for Cold Shock Response and Growth at Low Temperatures" published by Mascher et al. was selected as spotlight in the issue of January 2014 of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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David Argüelles Capilla is in charge of the Equine Surgery Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

David Arguelles

David Argüelles Capilla is working as equine surgeon at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Viikki since 2012. David brings top expertise in the field of veterinary equine surgery to the Equine hospital as he is the only board certified veterinary equine surgeon currently working in Finland.

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