Symposium accreditation

If you are organizing a course/symposium, you can apply for recognition as continuing education via ResAL

If the course/symposium is limited to participants from the cantons of Vaud and Geneva, the request for recognition should be directed to the respective cantonal veterinary authorities. They are the sole decision-makers regarding the eligibility of the training content.

For events that involve participants from all over Switzerland, the application for recognition can be submitted to the Swiss Association of Cantonal Veterinarians (SACV/VSKT), which then evaluates whether the content can be recognized as continuing education for all Swiss cantons.

What are the criteria for recognition?

In order to be recognized as continuing education, the content of the course/symposium must be related to:

  • The application of 3R principle (reduction, refinement & replacement) in specific areas of research and animal welfare.
  • The characterization of new animal models or the acquisition of scientific knowledge about existing animal models.
  • Laboratory animal science including housing, hygiene, ethics, anaesthesia, analgesia, pathologies, and other relevant topics.

Please, note that the acquisition of scientific knowledge in a specific field of research is not a sole ground for recognition.

In the cantons of Vaud and Geneva, a minimum of 3 hours of classe/conference is required to obtain a ResAL certificate that validates a half-day of continuing education. To validate a full day, participants must complete at least 6 hours of classe/conference.

For any questions about course/symposium recognition, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to Christelle Cadilhac -

Courses/symposia contents related to animal experimentation are evaluated according to the ordinance on education in the field of animal housing and caring.

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