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Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM, Kliinisen eläinlääketieteen tohtoriohjelma, Doktorandprogrammet i klinisk veterinärmedicin) – earlier ANIWEL

Practices and activities of CVM in accordance to Guidelines for Doctoral Candidates in the Doctoral School in Health Sciences.

Revised edition of European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2017 (as pdf).





Updates of the web site.


Chancellor’s, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the Finnish Veterinary Foundation (FVF) travel grants for international or national visits on 2017 – call is open 1.-31.8.2017. See Grants page.


Another Chancellor’s, CVM’ and FVF Travel grant call will be open in August 2017.

Call for two CVM salary positions (four years) will be open 1.-14.9.2017.


NOVA PhD Course – deadline for registration extended to 28.4.2107.

Advanced Imaging Procedures in Canine Clinical Veterinary Science, 2 ECTS
29 May – 2 Jun. 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.


Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
University of Helsinki, August 28 – September 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce a short course in molecular epidemiology to be taught at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, from 28th August – 1st September 2017.

This course will introduce molecular methods and next generation sequencing (NGS) as applied to infectious agents for the sake of epidemiological investigation. Human and veterinary pathogens will be discussed, with focus on bacterial and viral infections and on zoonotic bacteria. The teachers are Prof. Ruth Zadoks and Dr. Taya Forde, University of Glasgow, UK.

Application deadline is April 21, 2017, by midnight. Qualified course participants will be chosen based on the order of registration. The applicants will get an acceptance mail by May 5 from the course organizers.

For more information, please visit the course websites: or contact organizer Prof. Päivi Rajala-Schultz:


NOVA course list 2017 available.
If you are a Doctoral student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, you do not pay any course fee.

See NOVA course page:

1. Advanced Imaging Procedures in Canine Clinical Veterinary Science

NOVA PhD course of 2 ECTS, organised by Professor Thomas Spillmann, University of Helsinki – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Course dates and location: 29 May – 2 Jun. 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

2.  Vethics – Ethical Challenges for Veterinarians in One World

NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organsied by Assoc. Prof. Helena Röcklinsberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Preliminary course dates and location: 12-16 Jun. 2017, in Sweden.

3. Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organised by Professor Päivi Rajala-Schultz, University of Helsinki – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Preliminary course dates and location: , 28.8.-1.9, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

4. Design of Genetic Improvement Programs

NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organised by Senior Scientist Elise Norberg, Aarhus University: Science and Technology.
Course dates and location: 19 – 23 Jun. 2017 in Viborg, Denmark.


NorDoc (Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences):
Nordic Summit for Doctoral Candidates 2017: Health Sciences Across Borders
21.-22.8.2017, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
NorDoc website


Nearly 20 doctoral candidates and about 10 other CVM members participated in CVM Autumn seminar 13.10.2016 in Viikki. The prize for best oral presentation (300 euros) was awarded to Eija Kaukonen and the prize in best poster presentation (200 euros) was awarded to Hanna-Kaisa Sihvo. Congratulations!


GroupHouseNet: Relationship between damaging behaviour and health, 7.-9.11. 2016, Belgrade, Serbia,
Deadline for applications: 15.9.2016.


AVA Autumn Meeting 2016
Association of veterinary anesthetists
14.–17.9.2016, Prague, Czech Republic.
Info site:


European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) annual congress is this year in Helsinki, 3.-5.11.2016. The main topics of congress are neonatology and gastroenterology, but also many other aspects of internal medicine are in the schedule. The first day offers wet-labs, there are still vacant places. Dead-line for early bird is 31.8..2016; Info


Introduction to economic modelling with computational intelligence (CI)
A course in statistics.
5.-9.9.2016, Helsinki
Registration information and program:


CVM web site updated.


Genetic Epidemiology of infectious diseases in livestock (NOVA PhD course)
7.-11.6.2016, Odalgården (near Uppsala), Sweden.

Teachers:, Ulf Emanuelson (SLU), Tom Britton (Stockholm University), Osvaldo Anacleto (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) and Smaragda Tsairidou (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh).
Organiser: DJ de Koning and Susanne Eriksson (SLU).

More information about the course at:


Welfare aspects of lameness in animals – Seminar within the Graduate School – Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences,  30.5.2016, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden
Lecture room Are, ground floor of Centre for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Info (as .pdf)


Another travel grant application call will be opened in late summer. Deadline for applications will be 30.8.2016.

CVM will open a call for UH funded Doctoral candidate positions, probably in September 2016.



Postgraduate Course in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Organised by Odisee University College (Belgium), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB Spain) and DAVALON (Netherlands).
Students will learn about the behaviour, welfare and training of the species of their choice being dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and rodents. International experts in the field of companion animal behaviour counselling and welfare teach the course.
The theoretical concepts will be introduced in five e-learning modules and the the practical skills in two modules consisting of practical workshops and a one-week internship.
The course starts in September 2016 and takes 2 years to complete with a course load of 46 study points, which is equal to 48 study hours per month.
More information is available through the Odisee University College website

NOVA PhD Course “Diagnostic Test Evaluation”, 27.6.-1.7.2016, Sandnes, Norway.
Application deadline: 31.3.2016.
Course web site.


European College of Equine Internal Medicine congress, 3.-5.11.2016, Helsinki
View ECEIM web page.

Hi all!
Anyone else feeling lonely, need a support group, happy faces in the morning?
We have a random tradition at the animal welfare research group for organizing (almost, or not even that) monthly journal clubs to present a very interesting article or a book, rehears congress presentation, test idea for a study design etc . We warmly welcome all of you to join us. Next club will be organized 16.2. from 9 to 10 at Saloniemi meeting room.
But please add the following dates to your calendar, and digest what you might want to present. Also, use this opportunity to present you recent article!! There are so many of us now-a-days, so hard to keep updated even what happens nearby nor elsewhere at the faculty.
16.2. Book presentation by Terhi Jääskeläinen “Animals, Welfare and the Law: Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment by Robertson, Ian A.”
Maybe a short TUHAT help, if needed
15.3. subject open
18.4. Subject open
Place is Saloniemi
Welcome old and new faces
But please, register your coming for us to make enough coffee.
laura.hanninen at




Chancellor’s travel grant call will be open in 1.-31.3.2016. More info will be given in these pages and by CVM e-mail list.


au_standard_logoThe Graduate school of Health in the University of Aarhus and Doctoral school in health sciences in the University of lHelsinki have agreed on a partnership in doctoral training by signing an international agreement (see: Announcement in AU web site). The agreement enables, for example, Doctoral student exchange and participation to courses without fees.




Statistics courses in Viikki:

  • Statistiikan teoriaa ja SPSS -kurssi (KvanttiEltdk16), kevät 2016. Ilmoittautuminen viimeistään 15.1.2016

Statistics courses in Meilahti:

  • Statisics: theory and SPSS course (MediQuant16), Spring 2016. Registration before 15. 1.2016



PhD course, 7.-11.3. 2016, Hotel Marina in Vedbæk, Denmark.
The aim is to give PhD students an overview of the concept of animal pain from a biological perspective

Info website.

Call for applications  for UH funded doctoral candidate positions!
See Application to CVM page.


Multilevel regression modelling course
by Ian Dohoo
in Tartu, Estonia, June 8-12, 2015. Please, find all information from this link and distribute information:

Dead line for registration April 30, 2015

Linear Models in Animal Breeding
NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organised by Tormod Ådnøy, NMBU.
Dates and location: 1-5 June 2015 in Lofoten, Norway.
Info site


The 26th Sigrid Jusélius International Symposium: “Emerging infections
June 7-10, 2015, Hanasaari Congress Center, Espoo – Helsinki, FINLAND
Info site:

6th Student Workshop of the European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA) with the title “Human drivers of emerging diseases”.
from March 26 to March 29, 2015, Veyrier-du-Lac, France

The Workshop is organized for and by students to strengthen the scientific education of veterinary and other graduate students working on zoonotic diseases at the wildlife/ domestic animal/ human interface.

Application deadline is February 16. The workshop has several leading scientists as speakers.

For more information, kindly contact Mariella:


Epiconcept Training School in Epigenetics in Reproductive Biology, Murcia, Spain 18 May – 21 May 2015

This training school will be held at the Veterinary School of the University of Murcia, and it will consists of extensive theoretical and practical sessions lead by experts in the field. See more info:

Dr. María Jimenez Movilla:
Dr. Pilar Coy:
Dr. Sebastian Cánovas:

The decisions of the UH funded CVM doctoral candidate positions (Board meeting 20.11.2014):

Shah Md. Hasan, Department of Production Animal Medicine, Faculty of veterinary medicine (supervisor: Olli Peltoniemi), 1.1.-31.12.2015, 1 year

Kirsi-Marja Swan, Depratment of production animal medicine, Faculty of veterinary medicine (supervisor: Anna Valros), 1.1.-31.12.2015, 1 year

Thomas Grönthal, Department of Equine and Small animal medicine, Faculty of veterinary medicine (supervisor: Merja Rantala), 1.1.-31.12.2016, 1 year

Magdy Adam Hussein,  Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (supervisor: Outi Vainio), 1.1.-31.12.2016, 1 year

Paula Bergman (Tanska) Department of Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (supervisor: Mari Heinonen), 1.1.-31.12.2017, 1 year

Agnieszka Grobelna, Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (supervisor: Thomas Spillmann), 1.1.-31.12.2017, 1 year

Saila Savolainen, Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of veterinary medicine (supervisor: Outi Vainio), 1.1.-31.12.2018, 1 year

Sini Sulkama, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, Faculty of veterinary medicine (supervisor: Hannes Lohi), 1.1.-31.12.2018, 1 year


The abstract “The Finnish Neurological Function Test-Battery for Dogs, intra- and interrater reliability” by MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy  Anna Boström, a PhD student of CVM, was awarded in the 8th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Oregon, USA 4-8.8.2014 (
Faculty News (in Finnish)

The decisions of the UH funded CVM doctoral candidate positions will be published in this website on November 28, 2014.


In June 2014 DVM Linda Toresson, a PhD student of CVM, was awarded the best poster prize by Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) in the annual American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) meeting in USA.
Info: CGS news and The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (University of Helsinki) news


EAVPT 2015 – 19 – 22 July 2015, Nantes

The European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (EAVPT) and The European College of Veterinary Pharmacology
and Toxicology (ECVPT), invites  to the 13thEAVPT International Congress to be held at the “Cité Nantes Events Center” in Nantes (France).

To the meeting website.


Call for UH-funded doctoral student positions (2) for years 2015-2018. Info about the call in DPCVM web pages Events in 2014.



Minisymposium – networking – information – socializing annual event
September 15, 2014, 13.00–17.15, Biomedicum Helsinki, Lecture Hall 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8).
More info on DSHealth web site.

25.6.2014, 7.7.2014

Updates on WWW pages.



Preliminary date for DPCVM Autumn seminar 2014 (earlier ANIWEL Autumn seminar)

The 29th NKVet Symposium on Responsible use of antibiotics in animal
practice, 22.-23.9.2014.Copenhagen, DenmarkRegistration is open (deadline 15.7.2014) on the symposium homepage:



REPRO CLINICS, ECAR-DPCVM Summer school: Final program in Events page

Visit Doctoral school in health sciences for courses and other info: