P.O. Box 66
00014 Helsinki Finland
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Recognition status :
EAEVE European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Degree: Licentiate (Masters level degree) in Veterinary Medicine The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki is the only institution of higher education in Finland to educate veterinary surgeons. The Faculty was founded on August 1, 1995, when the 50-year-old College of Veterinary Medicine was affiliated with the University of Helsinki. The Faculty is responsible for the education of veterinary surgeons and for their postgraduate studies. The research work focuses on the health and welfare of animals as well as on food hygiene and environmental protection. At present, important research projects include e.g. inflammatory diseases, microbes causing spoilage of food products and contamination in food by residues. Today, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine enrols 450 students, 385 of which are completing the basic degree. The Faculty comprises four departments: - Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences - Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine - Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene - Department of Production Animal Medicine The basic degree offered by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is two-staged, first the candidate degree (180 credits), followed by the Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine degree (180 credits), total 360 ECTS. It takes approximately six years to complete the basic degree. The study program is divided into three parts: 'the healthy animal' during the 1st and 2nd year with studies in basic veterinary sciences; 'the unhealthy animal' during the 3rd-5th year with studies in clinical veterinary sciences and the 'from stable to the table' -notion during the sixth year with studies in food and environmental hygiene. The studies include a lot of practical training, such as clinical training during the entire fifth year. The studies proceed according to a prearranged plan and include, in addition to lectures, a lot of exercises and group instruction. The objective is to give the students competence for veterinary tasks and for independent work as a veterinarian as well as abilities for continued education.