FELASA-ESLAV-ECLAM Position Paper on CO2 use for euthanasia of rodents
Based on the discussions in Switzerland about the use of CO2 for the euthanasia of rodents, FELASA-ESLAV-ECLAM have set up a position paper, see here.
Potential ban of import of Xenopus laevis in the EU (import to CH!)
A risk assessment of X. laevis as an invasive organism has been undertaken by the EU and is open for comment, at the moment it strongly recommends the inclusion of X. laevis on the register. According to the EU’s publication (https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/6f9e5ecf-c81f-11e6-a6db-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF, Page 19), the consequence of X. laevis being added to the register would be that it would become illegal to import them, reproduce them, transport them, sell them, use them, possess them or release them into the environment, although exceptions would be allowed for justified reasons such as research. Full information and statement from Prof. Matt Guille, University Portsmouth see here.
Communication on Veterinary Expert Title Dipl. SVLAS
Laboratory Animals, the international journal of Laboratory animal science, Medicine, Technology and welfare accepted a short communication about the expert title Dipl. SVLAS in the latest volume (Newly created title of the Diplomate Specialized Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science (Dipl. SVLAS) awarded by the Swiss Association of Veterinarians in Industry and Research (SAVIR), Heimann M., Laboratory Animals 2018, Vol. 52(6) 653–654)
Vet professional card (Tierärzteausweis )
The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (BLV) does not issue such ID cards! In Switzerland, the BAG, 3003 Berne, is responsible for issuing diplomas and identity cards for medical persons. Likewise, the BAG is responsible for the assessment resp. the recognition of foreign degrees in the field of medical professions.
More information can be found here:
General information recognition of foreign degrees
Vet identity card