SAVIR – Swiss Association of Veterinarians in Industry and Research

SAVIR provides support with its network of veterinarians working in the fields of business, industry, research and education. SAVIR was founded as an association in 2002.

As experts in the field of laboratory animal science, we are committed to the ethical performance of animal experiments in which the distress to the animals is kept as low as possible while maintaining the same high level of knowledge gain. At the same time, we support open and transparent communication about animal experiments.

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: www.svlas.ch

Board

Maike Heimann
President
Dr.med.vet.
Fachtierärztin Labortierkunde
Dipl.SVLAS

Christina Simon
Vice-president
Dr.med.vet.
Fachtierärztin Labortierkunde (D)

Claudia Weigt
Actuary
Dr.med.vet.
Fachtierärztin Labortierkunde
Dipl.SVLAS

Kerstin Broich
Treasurer
Dr.med.vet.
Master Business
Administration

Gisèle Ferrand
Dr.med.vet.
Fachtierärztin Labortierkunde
Dipl.SVLAS

Why be a member?

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.

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).

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

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.

NEWS

CABMM 2020

This November/December SAVIR was invited to give an online lecture miniseries at the CABMM Scientific meeting (Competence Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine; www.cabmm.uzh.ch/en.html). One of our presentations dealt with the topic of communication on animal experimentation. Due to technical problems during the zoom meeting, not all participants were able to follow the presentation. Therefore, it was made available online again here. 

Rodent Surgery Survey

The Universitiy of Zurich is currently conducting an international in-depth survey about experimental surgery in rodents. If you perfom surgical procedures on lab rodents, we kindly ask you to participate in this survey on rodent surgery. This is a Swiss 3RCC funded UZH project. Please follow the following link:

 Go to survey

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 (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.

SAVIR is on Twitter

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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)

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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

 

Education

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

Fondazione Guido Bernardini

Tierversuche – Animal experiments

Deutsch:

Nach wie vor sind Versuche mit Tieren unerlässlich – sei es für die Entwicklung neuer Medikamente (z.B. gegen derzeit unheilbare Erkrankungen wie HIV oder bestimmte Krebstypen), für die Entwicklung neuer Impfstoffe (z.B. gegen COVID-19) oder für die Entwicklung neuer Medizinalprodukte (z.B. Kniegelenksersatz). Zudem kommen Tiere in der Ausbildung (z.B. von Studierenden der Veterinärmedizin) oder in der Erforschung von Wildtieren (z.B. Untersuchung von Wildtierpopulationen in Bezug auf deren Vorkommen und Gesundheitsstatus) zum Einsatz. Die Belastung der Tiere hat dabei so gering wie möglich zu sein, der Umgang mit ihnen muss so schonend wie möglich erfolgen. Jeder in unserer Gesellschaft profitiert in irgendeiner Weise von den Erkenntnissen, die mittels Tierversuchen gewonnen werden. Gleichzeitig fehlt es noch vielfach an offener und transparenter Kommunikation über diesen Bereich, wodurch es zu falschen Erwartungen oder Mistrauen gegenüber diesem Wissenschaftszweig kommt.

SAVIR hat zusammen mit der SGV (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Versuchstierkunde) einen Flyer entwickelt für die Information der Öffentlichkeit über tierexperimentelle Forschung in der Schweiz. Damit möchten wir beitragen zu besserer Kommunikation und Transparenz in unserem Fachgebiet.

Flyer Tierversuche Schweiz

Darübehinaus gibt es bereits jetzt auch verschiedene Websites und Plattformen, die genau und sachlich darüber informieren, wozu und unter welchen Bedingungen Tierversuche durchgeführt werden.

Einige interessante Seiten finden Sie unter den folgenden Links:

Themenportal Tierversuche

Tierversuche verstehen

Pro-Test Deutschland

Understanding Animal Research

English:

Animal experiments are still indispensable – for instance for the development of new drugs (e.g. against currently incurable diseases such as HIV or certain types of cancer), for the development of new vaccines (e.g. against COVID-19) or for the development of new medical products (e.g. knee joint replacement). In addition, animals are used in education (e.g. by students of veterinary medicine) or in research on wild animals (e.g. investigation of wild animal populations with regard to their occurrence and health status). The stress to the animals must be kept as low as possible, and the handling of the animals must be as gentle as possible. Everyone in our society benefits in one way or another from the knowledge gained through animal experiments. At the same time, open and transparent communication about this area is still often lacking, which leads to false expectations or mistrust of this field of science.

SAVIR together with the SGV (Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association) have created a Flyer for information of the public about animal experiments and research in Switzerland. With this we want to support communication and transparency about our field of work.

Flyer Laboratory Animals

Furthermore, there are already various websites and platforms that provide precise and factual information about what animal experiments are performed for and under what conditions:

Some interesting websites can be found using the following links (partly available in English):

Themenportal Tierversuche

Tierversuche verstehen

Pro-Test Deutschland

Understanding Animal Research

Tierversuche – Animal experiments

Deutsch:

Nach wie vor sind Versuche mit Tieren unerlässlich – sei es für die Entwicklung neuer Medikamente (z.B. gegen derzeit unheilbare Erkrankungen wie HIV oder bestimmte Krebstypen), für die Entwicklung neuer Impfstoffe (z.B. gegen COVID-19) oder für die Entwicklung neuer Medizinalprodukte (z.B. Kniegelenksersatz). Zudem kommen Tiere in der Ausbildung (z.B. von Studierenden der Veterinärmedizin) oder in der Erforschung von Wildtieren (z.B. Untersuchung von Wildtierpopulationen in Bezug auf deren Vorkommen und Gesundheitsstatus) zum Einsatz. Die Belastung der Tiere hat dabei so gering wie möglich zu sein, der Umgang mit ihnen muss so schonend wie möglich erfolgen. Jeder in unserer Gesellschaft profitiert in irgendeiner Weise von den Erkenntnissen, die mittels Tierversuchen gewonnen werden. Gleichzeitig fehlt es noch vielfach an offener und transparenter Kommunikation über diesen Bereich, wodurch es zu falschen Erwartungen oder Mistrauen gegenüber diesem Wissenschaftszweig kommt. Bereits jetzt gibt es verschiedene Websites und Plattformen, die genau und sachlich darüber informieren, wozu und unter welchen Bedingungen Tierversuche durchgeführt werden.

Einige interessante Seiten finden Sie unter den folgenden Links:

Themenportal Tierversuche

Tierversuche verstehen

Pro-Test Deutschland

Understanding Animal Research

English

Animal experiments are still indispensable – for instance for the development of new drugs (e.g. against currently incurable diseases such as HIV or certain types of cancer), for the development of new vaccines (e.g. against COVID-19) or for the development of new medical products (e.g. knee joint replacement). In addition, animals are used in education (e.g. by students of veterinary medicine) or in research on wild animals (e.g. investigation of wild animal populations with regard to their occurrence and health status). The stress to the animals must be kept as low as possible, and the handling of the animals must be as gentle as possible. Everyone in our society benefits in one way or another from the knowledge gained through animal experiments. At the same time, open and transparent communication about this area is still often lacking, which leads to false expectations or mistrust of this field of science. There are already various websites and platforms that provide precise and factual information about what animal experiments are performed for and under what conditions:

Some interesting websites can be found using the following links (partly available in English):

Themenportal Tierversuche

Tierversuche verstehen

Pro-Test Deutschland

Understanding Animal Research

Jobs

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Fachtierärztin*Fachtierarzt für Versuchstierkunde (m/w/d)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main (technische Leitung der Versuchstierhaltung Riedberg)

Tierärztin/Tierarzt (40-50%)
Medizinische Abteilung der Universität Freiburg

Fachspezialistin / Fachspezialist Tierversuche
(Veterinäramt Kanton Zürich)

Wissenschaftliche Assistenzärztin / Wissenschaftlicher Assistenzarzt
Anatomisches Institut, Universität Zürich

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