Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary
The field of Agriculture and Forestry offers applied and multidisciplinary studies in agricultural, forest, environmental, food, nutritional and economic sciences as well as biotechnology.
Responsible use of natural resources is the basis for current and future welfare. Topical global challenges, such as mitigation of climate change, food security, sustainable use of natural resources and new energy solutions, are explored in the studies in a multidisciplinary manner, considering different perspectives. Extensive research is carried out in the field, ranging from the level of genomes through carbon cycles in ecosystems and human nutrition to issues of responsibility in the market economy.
The education geared towards applying natural sciences to practice, combined with economic and marketing competences, opens up a broad range of expert and managerial positions for graduates. Degree-holders find placements in areas such as product development and marketing in the food, forestry and chemical industries and they may also work as experts in advisory and commercial activities for banks, insurance institutions and organisations, for example. In the public sector, experts in this field work as researchers and teachers, as well as in various demanding planning and administrative positions.
Studies in agricultural and food sciences are only available in Finland at the University of Helsinki, whereas forest sciences can be studied at the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland. The names of subjects and the contents and focus areas of studies vary between universities.
Studies in Veterinary Medicine consist of the three-year Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (180 ECTS credits) and the three-year Licentiate’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (180 ECTS credits). During their studies, students obtain capabilities for veterinary practice, independent self-employment, following developments in the field and for continuous learning.
Students mostly progress according to a scheduled programme. In addition to lectures, instruction includes plenty of practical assignments and small group sessions. Another essential part of studies comprises practical work with patients, including on-call duties.
Veterinarians may work as municipal veterinarians at rural surgeries, small animal veterinarians at private surgeries, directors of environmental health services, civil servants at various ministries, in teaching and research assignments or for industry. In the future, there will be increasing demand for veterinarians to control foods and infectious and contagious animal diseases. The growing significance and number of pet and recreational animals also mean that employment prospects in the field are very good.
Graduates may complete the Specialist Degree in Veterinary Medicine as a professional postgraduate degree. A licensed veterinarian may specialise in the following areas:
- small animal diseases
- equine diseases
- health and nursing care of food-producing animals
- infectious or contagious animal diseases
- food hygiene and environmental health.
The only place to study Veterinary Medicine in Finland is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki.
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Bachelor’s and Licentiate’s degrees