Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought, where groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation engender opportunities for solving global challenges. Our everyday work and interaction are guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as shared values: truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a strong profile in animal health care and wellbeing as well as food safety. The goal is to carry out and develop international state-of-the-art education and research in veterinary medicine, taking professional and social changes into account.

HOH Helsinki One Health is a network organization launched in 2018 to coordinate research actions within the area of One Health at University of Helsinki. University of Helsinki has directed funds to Helsinki One Health research, as this area is one of the university's key strategic research areas.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has an important role in educating specialists to maintain the health and welfare of both animals and humans. The Faculty educates veterinarians to respond to the changing demands of society, taking into account the demands of free movement within the profession and recognition of professional qualifications in the European Union (2005/36/EC and 2013/55/EU). The Faculty secures the multifaceted veterinary expertise and development of the practice of veterinary medicine by educating its students and researchers to become versatile, competent professionals.

The training programme in veterinary medicine at the University of Helsinki has been evaluated and approved by the the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and is widely recognised. See accreditation status.

The Faculty has four departments: Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Production Animal Medicine and Veterinary Biosciences.

An essential part of the activities of the Faculty is the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides the finest in veterinary medical care – it is Finland’s only veterinary hospital to be open 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Every year, more than 20,000 animal patients are treated at the Hospital.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a DEAN to lead the Faculty’s operations and support the rector in the University’s leadership. The dean will be appointed for a term of office from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.

As a dean, you will lead the faculty’s operations based on the University’s strategic plan and values. You will be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the Faculty’s duties, operations and degree programmes. You will prepare and implement the decisions of the Faculty Council and will be responsible for the Faculty’s human resources and financial matters as well as the assets managed by the Faculty. You will ensure your Faculty’s successful performance in accordance with the University’s values, while taking into account the indicators used in the university funding model. You will also contribute to the management of University-level duties in support of the rector. Through your actions, you will always further the interests of the University and your Faculty. You will report to the rector of the University.

The position of dean requires a strategic and future-oriented vision for the development of the Faculty and the University. Successful cooperation with the Faculty, the University community, the University’s senior leadership and stakeholders is based on interaction, openness, collegiality and objective setting.


The dean must have financial and HR management skills as well as leadership and supervisory skills, and be willing to develop in their role. The dean must have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the academic management and leadership of a Fa

Due date

11.04.2021 23:59 EEST


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