Council for Animal Healthcare and Related Clinical Research and Education (DKU Council)

Last changed: 05 March 2020


The DKU Council is composed of:

  • the vice-chancellor (chair) or a chair appointed by the vice-chancellor,
  • two externally recruited members with relevant professional experience,
  • the dean of the VH Faculty or someone appointed by the dean (preferably the deputy dean),
  • the head of the University Animal Hospital,
  • two senior members of staff from clinical operations – one working with small animals and one working with horses – who both conduct research and teach clinical veterinary nursing at UDS,
  • one member each appointed by the staff organisations Saco, ST and Seko, and
  • one member appointed by Sluss.

The externally recruited members and the two senior members of staff from clinical operations are appointed by the vice-chancellor for a period of three years. The senior, clinically active members of staff must be able to demonstrate close links between their own veterinary nursing practice, clinical research and clinical training. These members must also demonstrate credibility by having both high clinical and scientific skills, enjoy substantial trust internally in academia as well as at the UDS, and have a strong clinical perspective on of their research and teaching. The vice-chancellor appoints these members following consultation with the operations in question.

When deciding members of the council, a gender equality perspective and must be considered. The vice-chancellor must also assess that the council will be at its fullest potential. A member of staff, with good knowledge of the financial control system and appointed by the head of university administration, and a secretary have the right to be present and to make representations at meetings.



The duties of the DKU Council are:

  • to support the vice-chancellor in decisions relating to UDS operations;
  • to work to ensure good cooperation between UDS and the VH Faculty by discussing comprehensive strategic issues;
  • to comment on proposals for budget and operational plan prior to a decision by the head of the University Animal Hospital;
  • to submit proposals or submit an opinion to the vice-chancellor regarding larger operational changes;
  • to continually follow financial and operational developments;
  • to continually follow and monitor current general work environment and staff issues;
  • to submit opinions on proposed investments presented by the head of the University Animal Hospital;
  • to follow and monitor cooperation between animal health care and related clinical research and teaching;
  • to grant additional persons entitlement to be present or make representations at meetings, as required.