The Mercedes Zachariassen Foundation supports research focussing primarily on production animals. The Helvi Knuuttila Foundation supports on a wider scale the operations of the Small Animal Clinic, the training of its staff and small animal research. This research focuses on animal diseases, health care and welfare, and not on the use of animals as research models for human research.

The Finnish Veterinary Foundation maintains strong connections with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: all the present members of the Board of Trustees are or have been employed by the Faculty. The Foundation's first chair was Professor Ilkka Alitalo, followed by Professor Hannu Saloniemi from 1998 to 2007. Thanks to the skilful management of finances, the Foundation's capital has grown considerably, thus enabling the Foundation to award an increasing number of grants. The Foundation made a significant investment in 2007 by contributing to the endowed Swedish-language professorship in animal welfare.

Although students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have priority in the distribution of grants, researchers from elsewhere may also receive funding. In the distribution of travel grants, applicants who will be presenting a paper at a conference have priority. Travel grants are awarded once a year.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Finnish Veterinary Foundation comprises eight members. The Board also has a Representative. The Foundation's assets are managed by Aktia Private Banking, and its investments are supervised by Director Jerker Hedman.



The Finnish Veterinary Foundation manages the assets of the Mercedes Zachariassen Foundation, the Helvi Knuuttila Foundation, the Meeri and Pentti Suhonen Foundation and the research foundation for food hygiene (Elintarvikehygienian tutkimusrahasto).



The Mercedes Zachariassen Foundation is based on the bequest made by Ms Elfe Mercedes Zachariassen, the value of which was FIM 117,967 in 1980. As specified by the donor, the proceeds of the Foundation must be used to support research focussing on the illnesses of domestic animals. Such research includes studies that promote knowledge and understanding of the essence, genesis and transmission of animal diseases; studies that are related to the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; and veterinary studies that investigate and reduse the impact of environmental factors on animal health.