The Veterinarian of the Year/Veterinary Deed of the Year
Since 2001, the Finnish Veterinary Association has selected either the Vet of the Year or the Veterinary Deed of the Year as a part of celebrating the World Veterinary Day.
The goal is to promote knowledge of the veterinary work among the public and to strengthen the unity of the profession.
In 2013 the Veterinarian of the Year is Riitta Maijala, PhD, Docent. Dr Maijala works as the Director of Science Policy Division at the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy, Ministry of Education and Culture. Her expertise covers areas such as veterinary risk assessment, food safety and research. She has held international and domestic managerial posts for almost 20 years. They include positions in the European Food Safety Authority EFSA and the National Veterinary and Food Research Institute, EELA, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira and presently in the Ministry of Education and Culture.
In 2012 the Finnish Veterinary Association nominated Ava Sovijärvi as the Veterinarian of the Year. She was rewarded as an expert of military environmental health. Dr Sovijärvi is the first woman to serve in the Finnish Defense Force as a Veterinary Officer, a position she has held longer than any other female colleague. She is also the first Finnish female veterinarian to participate in international Crisis Management Operations.
In 2011 The Finnish Veterinary Association nominated Jouni Niemi as the Veterinarian of the Year for his innovative and highly appreciated work as a veterinary entrepreneur. Dr Niemi is a multitalented veterinarian, entrepreneur, training organiser, champion of bovine foot care and importer and promoter of veterinary equipment. (9th May 2011)
In 2010 The Finnish Veterinary Association has nominated the work performed by the Association for Animal Disease Prevention (ETT) as the Veterinary Deed of the Year for 2010. The prize is granted for 15 years of successful work for maintaining the favourable animal disease situation in Finland. ETT was founded in 1994, shortly before Finland faced the challenges of joining the EU.
In 2009 Dr Outi Lepistö, PhD, has been nominated the Veterinarian of Year for 2009. Dr Lepistö works as Chief of Environmental Health. The award is given for her outstanding work for the quality and publicity of environmental health, as well as the leadership and management she has displayed within the field.
In 2008 Dr Aila Rauatmaa and Dr Tuija Saari were nominated as veterinarians of the year for 2008 for their work for animal welfare at the municipal level in Kainuu and in Helsinki.
In 2007 Professor Marjatta
Snellman of the Helsinki University faculty of Veterinary medicine was
nominated for her longstanding work for the development of veterinary
In 2006 Professor Hannu
Korkeala was nominated as the veterinarian of the year for his work at the
Helsinki University Faculty of Food and Environmental Hygiene
In 2005 Dr Aimo Välimäki, municipal veterinary practitioner,
was nominated.medicine and defending health
aspects in breeding of
In 2004 Dr Jukka Houttu, a well-known equine specialist, was nominated.
In 2003 a group of researchers of the University of Helsinki were nominated for
their work for pig welfare. The group consisted of Hannu Saloniemi PhD, Olli
Peltoniemi PhD, Mari Heinonen Phd and Anssi Tast PhD.
In 2002 Dr Riitta Aho PhD was awarded for her work for the profession in changing
In 2001 Dr Veikko Tuovinen PhD was nominated for his work for advancing bovine health.