Animal Health and Welfare

Human and animal welfare are linked, and changes in the modern environment threaten the health and welfare of domestic animals. Helsinki One Health will focus on global challenges in animal health and welfare. Genetically high-merit production animals are vulnerable to nutrition and metabolism-related problems owing to their high capacity for producing milk, muscle mass, and eggs. In companion animals,  severe problems such as respiratory difficulties, neurological symptoms, and metabolic and behavioural problems have emerged, with secondary effects on human societies.

Finland has comprehensive digital data on animals and their health, welfare, productivity, and pedigrees. 

Helsinki One Health research network will develop more sensitive methods for the detection of subtle signs of pain in animals in order to limit individual suffering and population-level losses.

As zoonotic diseases threaten human and animal health and as safe animal-derived food has its origins in healthy animals, Helsinki One Health research focuses on reducing infectious diseases, which will then decrease the use of antimicrobial drugs and, thus, slow down antimicrobial resistance. 

Helsinki One Health will also study the manifold social influences of companion animals. Presence of dogs and cats in the home is known to support human health and welfare. Helsinki One Health research will identify social and physical welfare advantages of pets to their owners; it will also determine economical values for these benefits, including the social and economic impact of therapy horses.

Principal investigators

MA
Magnus
Andersson
Field of science Veterinary science
Stefan
Björkman
Clinical Instructor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Sarah
Green
Professor
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Field of science Social and cultural anthropology
Mari
Heinonen
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Anna
Hielm-Björkman
Clinical Instructor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Laura
Hänninen
Clinical Instructor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science, Natural sciences
AI
Antti
Iivanainen
Professor
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Veterinary science
Michael
Jeltsch
Associate Professor
Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Field of science Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Biomedicine, Pharmacy
Tuomo
Kokkonen
University Lecturer
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Field of science Animal science, dairy science
Sonja
Koski
Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Field of science Other natural sciences, Social and cultural anthropology, Sociology, Other social sciences
PK
Peter
Krawczel
Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Field of science Animal science, dairy science
Hannes
Lohi
Professor
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Biomedicine, Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Veterinary science, Neurosciences
AM
Anna
Mykkänen
Assistant Professor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Mikael
Niku
University Lecturer
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Veterinary science, Microbiology and virology
CO
Claudio
Oliviero
Clinical Instructor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
OP
Olli
Peltoniemi
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Tarja
Pääkkönen
Assistant Professor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Marja
Raekallio
University Lecturer
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Päivi
Rajala-Schultz
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
MR
Minna
Rajamäki
Clinical Instructor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Salla
Sariola
Academy Research Fellow
Sociology
Field of science Sociology
Heli
Simojoki
Associate Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
TS
Timo
Soveri
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
TS
Thomas
Spillmann
Professor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Antti
Sukura
Professor
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Veterinary science
ST
Sari
Tojkander
Veterinary Biosciences
Field of science Veterinary science
Pekka
Uimari
Professor
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Field of science Animal science, dairy science, Agronomy
OV
Outi
Vainio-Kivinen
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
Anna
Valros
Professor
Production Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science
AV
Aila
Vanhatalo
Professor
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Field of science Animal science, dairy science
OV
Outi
Vapaavuori
Professor
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Field of science Veterinary science