Organization Executive Board and Central Administration

Executive Board and Central Administration

Animal Welfare Office

The Animal Welfare Office ensures the quality of animal research and animal welfare.

Since November 2018, the role of the "Animal Welfare Officer" has been included in the Ordinance on Animal Protection (OPAn, SR 455.1, Articles 129 and 129a). In its willingness to go beyond the legal requirements, the University of Bern created the Animal Welfare Office which reports directly to the Vice-Rectorate Research and functions independently of the Biomedical Research Institutes.

The Animal Welfare Office includes two Animal Welfare Officers and the Deputy 3Rs Coordinator.

Role of the Animal Welfare Officer

Authorisation applications (Form A)

  • Support to the study directors before submission of the license application to the cantonal veterinary authorities.
  • Verify whether the elements to evaluate the indispensability of the experiment as described in the art. 137 (3Rs) are included in the license application.
  • Develop and implement 3Rs-based protocols in close collaboration with the Experimental Animal Center (EAC) and the 3Rs coordinator and deputy.
  • Assist in the writing of the annual or final report on animal experiment (Form C).

Training and continuing education

  • Information to the researchers about the offer of training and continuing education courses.
  • Organization of continuing education courses for researchers and animal caretakers.
  • Participation in the training of researchers and animal caretakers.
  • Accreditation of continuing education courses by the Swiss Association of Cantonal Veterinarians (ASCV).

Internal controls

  • On the-spot checks of the animal facilities.
  • On the-spot checks of the experiments described in the animal authorizations.
  • Authorised to stop experiments when animal welfare is jeopardized and when procedures are not in-line with the animal authorization.

Animal facilities

  • Advice and support to the animal facility managers and animal caretakers.

Cantonal Veterinary Authorities and Commission

  • Contact person for the cantonal and federal veterinary authorities.
  • Accompaniment of the authorities and the commission during animal visits and experiments.
  • Help with the implementation of e-Tierversuche.

Communication

  • Support for the Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Bern in the field of animal experimentation and animal welfare.
  • Support for the communication service of the University of Bern in the field of animal experimentation and animal welfare.

The DFE Ordinance 455.109.1 defines the education the experimenters (persons who conduct the experiments, art. 22-25; module-1 course; LTK1; equivalent to former FELASA-B or EU Function A, C, D) need to follow to be able to work with animals in Switzerland.

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If you will work with animals, it is mandatory to have you registered in the animal experimentation federal program ANIMEX-CH. Depending on whether you already worked with animals or not, please send the following documents to your Resource Manager:

Basic education (module-1; FELASA-B, EU function A, C, D)

Experimenter (455.1 OPAn/TSchV; art. 133 and 134)

  1. I am a fully trained experimenter:
  1. Just arrived in Switzerland and trained abroad:

It is only when your animal experimentation training abroad is accredited in ANIMEX, that you will be able to follow the one-day module course “Ethics-Legislation-3Rs” given by the RESAL or the LTK.

Please register as soon as possible to the course either in Zürich (LTK): https://www.ltk.uzh.ch/en/teaching-and-training/ltk-module-ega.html

Or in Lausanne/Geneva (RESAL): https://www.unil.ch/resal/en/home/menuinst/formation-qualifiante/module-1/courses-dates.html

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Don’t forget to send it to your Resource Manager to update your profile in ANIMEX. You will then need to take continuing education courses (see the next page/tab).

  1. I already worked with animals in Switzerland:

To keep your basic education level (module-1), don’t forget to follow continuing education courses (see next tab).

 

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  1. I never worked with animals:

You will have to follow the module-1/LTK1 basic education course in laboratory animal science. Once you are declared in ANIMEX, please register as soon as possible to the module-1/LTK1 course. You have 9 months to take the course.

This course is provided by:

Certificate: At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Don’t forget to send it to your Resource Manager to update your profile in ANIMEX. You will then need to follow continuing education courses (see the next page/tab).

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The DFE Ordinance 455.109.1 defines the education the study directors (persons who supervise the experiments, art. 26-29; module-2 course; LTK2; equivalent to a FELASA-C or EU Function B)  need to follow to be able to work with animals in Switzerland.

To become a study director, a prerequisite is the completion of the basic education (module-1) followed by 3 years of practical experience in animal experimentation. You will then be qualified to follow the module-2.

This course in English is only organized by the Institute of laboratory animal science (LTK). Courses take place in Zürich, Basel, and Lausanne.

For registration to this course, please first contact: animalwelfare@research.unibe.ch, as there are some restrictions concerning the university degree (OPAn 129b) obtained before becoming an experimenter (455.1 OPAn/TSchV, art. 132).

You may afterward register through the following link: https://www.ltk.uzh.ch/en/teaching-and-training/tk-module-2.html

Certificate: At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Don’t forget to send it to your Resource Manager to update your profile in ANIMEX. You will then need to follow continuing education courses (see the next page/tab).

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For Study Directors AND Experimenters

Once you are accredited to work with animals in Switzerland, you will have to follow 4 days of continuing education every 4 years (1-day/year; 455.1 OPAn/TSchV, art. 190).

  1. Accredited continuing education courses:

You can find accredited courses on the following websites:

  1. RESAL: https://www.unil.ch/resal/en/home/menuinst/continuous-education.html
  1. LTK: https://www.ltk.uzh.ch/en/teaching-and-training.html

Certificate: At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Don’t forget to send it to your Resource Manager to update your profile in ANIMEX. You will then need to follow continuing education courses (see the next page/tab).

  1. You can have your attended congress/course accredited as continuing education:

Please send to animalwelfare@research.unibe.ch

  • Program in which you have:
  • Underlined the talks you went to;
  • Specified next to each title the species presented (human, mouse, C. elegans, etc).
  • Abstracts. When no abstracts are available, please provide a summary;
  • Certificate of attendance.

Please note:

  • 3 hours are equivalent to 0.5 day continuing education; 6 hours are equivalent to 1 day continuing education.
  • Poster sessions are not counted in the accreditation.
  • Certificate of attendance with AWO statement and above-mentioned documents will be uploaded in ANIMEX by your Resource Manager for further accreditation by the KVET.

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