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SGV is dedicated to the promotion of laboratory animal science, as well as the furthering of animal protection and ethical considerations in animal experiments. These aims shall be attained by organising education and the flow of information within the scientific community.more

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Impressions from the National Information Day of the Experimental Animal (NIDEA) 2024

This year's NIDEA took place on Saturday, the 15th of June across multiple locations in Switzerland. Motivated professionals working in the field of laboratory animal science were available to inform anyone interested about animal experiments in Basel, Bern, Fribourg and Zurich. A great chance to communicate openly about animal experimentation and also bridge the gap between those involved in research and the general population.

The SGV, together with partnering organizations SAVIR & Forschung für Leben, are very happy to participate in this initiative and offer some insight into the field of animal experimentation to the Swiss public.

SGV: "Since 1987 an intermediary between animal welfare and research for the benefit of humans and animals"

We are a key partner for the authorities, scientists and the public. Our dedication is to promote the 3Rs (REPLACE, REDUCE, REFINE) and the animal welfare and ethical considerations in animal experimentation.

We organize, support and offer:

  • 2-day scientific meeting and symposium at the annual meeting of the Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2).
  • Different networks and working groups promoting the SGV's goals
  • Annual prize to an outstanding contribution to the 3Rs and animal welfare in the field of laboratory animal science.
  • Financial support to young researchers attending training courses or meetings and persons who actively promote and implement the 3Rs
  • Financial support for projects related to the goals of the SGV with the “SGV 25 years fund"

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We are looking for an industry representative & an academic representative to join the SGV Scientific Committee (SC)

Are you a veterinarian, or a scientist working with animals or an animal caretaker by training?

Do you want to be part of a team of 8 people highly motivated and dedicated to the education and continuous training of all stakeholders of animal experimentation?

If you are interested to join us, please send your CV and motivation letter to the head of the Scientific Committee:

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Flyer Event 2022
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10 June 2023 - National Day of the Laboratory Animal

What do Parkinson's disease and mice have to do with each other? Why is the testing of new fish ladders, which will help fish to pass dams and waterworks, an animal experiment in Switzerland? To what extent do our pets benefit from the development of medicines for humans? How have animals helped in the development of vaccines against COVID-19 and cervical cancer? Why can it be unethical not to do an animal experiment? We answered all these questions at the first Swiss National Day of the Laboratory Animal on June 10th, 2023.

We had stands at:

  • Basel (Schifflände, Amazonestatue)
  • Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Pestalozzianlage)
  • Fribourg (near the train station)

The three associations Swiss Society of Veterinarians in Research and Industry (SAVIR), the Swiss Society for Laboratory Animal Science (SGV) and Research for Life (FfL) are happy to take your questions!

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Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV)
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Universitätsspital Zürich
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Sternwartstrasse 14
8091 Zürich

The SGV Meeting 2024 will take place in Lausanne on Nov. 26th and 27th, 2024.

More information available on the link below