After graduating from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2000, Tarja Jokinen-Pääkkönen worked in general practice and small animal practice at different places for 3 years. In 2003-2006 she obtained a residency in veterinary neurology at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Referral Neurology Hospital Aisti, Vantaa, Finland and successfully passed the examination for the Diploma of the ECVN in 2007. She then went back to university to work at the Neurology Unit at the Department for Equine and Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Helsinki, Finland. In March 2016 she completed her thesis about self-limited juvenile epilepsy in Lagotto Romagnolo dogs. At the moment Tarja works as the head of the neurology unit at Department for Equine and Small Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her main research interests are canine epilepsy and inherited neurological diseases in dogs. She served on the ECVN examination committee from 2014 – 2017. Tarja is also an invited member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF) since 2016.