According to the article 190 of the OPAn, all supervisors and researchers performing animal experiments must complete four days of additional training every four years.
455.1 (937 Kb)
According to the article 50 of the DFE Ordinance 455.109.1, multithematic symposiums, congresses and courses attended either in Switzerland or abroad which are related to animal experimentation will be evaluated and acknowledged as continuing education by the cantonal authorities on request of the interested party. To obtain this recognition, you will have to provide the cantonal veterinary office with the program (abstract book), as well as a certificate of participation to those enrolled in the course, congress, or symposium.
455.109.1 (500 Kb)
Continuing education courses in Switzerland
How to organize a seminar or a course recognized as continuing education
1) For the seminars:
Criteria for seminar recognition
The content of the seminars should be related to the 3Rs (reduce, refine replace) in specific fields of research, characterization of new animal models or must directly concern laboratory animal sciences (housing, hygiene, ethics, anesthesia, analgesia, diseases and particular pathologies, new model, etc). The acquisition of scientific knowledge in a specific field of research is not considered per se as continuing education.
The procedures are different depending on the canton:
For the canton Vaud:
Please follow the described procedure (Word document), fill in the appendix 1 corresponding to your institute (following table) and send it to: email@example.com.
Procedure de soumission SCAV (310 Kb)
|Intitutes||Appendix 1 (Vaud)|
|EPFL||ResAL-EPFL (345 Kb)|
|UNIL||ResAL-UNIL (324 Kb)|
|LICR||ResAL-LICR (326 Kb)|
|CHUV||ResAL-CHUV (334 Kb)|
For the canton Geneva:
Fill in the appendix 1 (following table) corresponding to your institute and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to fill in the attendance record for the seminars recognized by the cantonal veterinary as continuing education
The participants must have their attendance record signed by the organizer at the end of the seminar. The attendance record will only be acknowledged by the cantonal authorities (SCAV in Lausanne or DGS in Geneva) if it is correctly filled in with the name, date and signature of the organizer.
Three seminars (3hrs) correspond to half-a-day continuing education. Six seminars (6 hrs) correspond to one full day continuing education. The attendance record is validated by half-a-day continuing education. To be registered as such, participants will send it to the SCAV or to the DGS.
|EPFL||ResAL-EPFL (351 Kb)|
|UNIL||ResAL-UNIL (329 Kb)|
|LICR||ResAL-LICR (332 Kb)|
|CHUV||ResAL-CHUV (341 Kb)|
|HUG||ResAL-HUG (321 Kb)|
|UNIGE||ResAL-UNIGE (329 Kb)|
2) For the courses
To have your course recommended for recognition by the Swiss association of cantonal veterinarians (VSKT) you must:
1) Fill in the "recommandation à la reconnaissance pour cours de formation et perfectionnement du personnel spécialisé dans l'expérimentation animale" form (exists only in french or german) (see Appendix 1).
You should then:
2) Send the Appendix 1 with the program of the course, as well as the names and addresses of the speakers, to the following address:
Isabelle Desbaillets, PhD
Coordinator of the Lemanic Animal Facility
Animal Welfare Officer
Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV)
by email: email@example.com
3) We will then send your request to the Dr. W. Zeller.
Appendix 1 (76 Kb)
Forms that are required for the organization of a course
These forms exist only in french or german
Appendix 1 (76 Kb)
Confirmation of participation (16 Kb)
Course evaluation (17 Kb)