SAVIR stands for Swiss Association of Veterinarians in Industry and Research. SAVIR provides support with its creative network of veterinarians working in the fields of business, industry, research and education.  SAVIR was founded as an association in 2002.

Diplomate Specialised Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science (Dipl.SVLAS)

SAVIR awards the Swiss title of Diplomate Specialized Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science / Dipl. SVLAS. The postgraduate education of veterinarians in the field of laboratory animal science to graduated specialist veterinarians represents a recognition of professional competences according to the corresponding catalogue of competences.

For further information please klick here:


Richard Weilenmann
President, FVH, DECLAM, MSc, Dipl.SVLAS
Maike Heimann
Vice-president, Dipl.SVLAS
Claudia Weigt
Actuary, Dipl.SVLAS
Henning Richter
Treasurer, Dipl.SVLAS


Benefit from the network, specific further education and representation of interests of the profession in national and international committees. SAVIR provides veterinarians and students with the necessary professional contacts and coaching for their professional orientation or career and career planning. SAVIR also awards the Swiss title of Diplomate Specialized Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science / Dipl. SVLAS as postgraduate education of veterinarians in the field of laboratory animal science. In addition, SAVIR is a member of the European association EVERI (European Veterinarians in Education, Research and Industry).This collaboration gives students who are members of SAVIR the opportunity to take part in a 2-week internship in the field of experimental animals, aquatic life or bees. The contact to the internshipis provided by EVERI. In addition, the internship is supported by EVERI with up to 800 €. Experience reports of already completed internships can be found here: Report 2, Report 1
Do you feel addressed and would you like to support SAVIR? Become a member! The membership fee is CHF 80.- per year (40.- for students).
If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a member, please use the contact form or the membership application form. Your request will be answered as soon as possible.
Contact Membership


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


The statutes of SAVIR (in German) can be found here:



Selected events for veterinarians in research and industry can be found in our event calendar. In addition, we recommend the following links if you need training and further education.

Institute of Laboratory Animal Science in cooperation with the ETH Zürich

Resal – lemanic animal facility network

SGV – Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association

FELASA- Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations

GST – Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte

Vet congress – Courses for veterinarians

For other organizations and institutions providing courses and trainings, please klick here.


june 2019

10junAll Day1314th FELASA CongressFederation of European Laboratory Animal Science Association


You would like to publish a job offer? Click here to email us.
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Impfkontrolle Veterinärmedizin
IVI, Mittelhäusern
PDF Download
Preclinical Project Leader/Experimental Surgeon,
AO Foundation Davos
PDF Download
Animal Welfare Officer position at the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology, Basel
PDF Download
Animal Welfare Officer
Lausanne (CH) within the Center of PhenoGenomics at EPF 
PDF Download
Laboratory Animal Technician (50%)
Universität Fribourg
PDF Download



Training and Education