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Animals in Research

Switzerland is at the cutting edge of innovation and development, particularly thanks to high-quality research projects conducted at the country's universities.

To help them address these scientific questions, researchers have recourse to a variety of models, which may be in silico (computer-based models), in vitro (cell cultures), or in vivo (animals). Preference is given to in silico and in vitro models where possible, but recourse to animal models may still be necessary in some cases.

With this in mind, swissuniversities actively promotes respectful and responsible treatment of animals in the context of in vivo experiments, and its members undertake to comply with strict framework conditions.

With a view to supporting specific measures in this area, swissuniversities has appointed an animal experimentation delegate and set up the Swiss Animal Facilities Network – SAFN. SAFN’s mission is to coordinate current and future activities at the animal facilities run by Swiss universities, particularly in relation to rodents.

Its main areas of activity are as follows:

  • sharing good practice
  • communication
  • sharing services associated with animal experiments
  • hygiene at animal facilities and monitoring of animal health

Over the past few months, the network has also published factsheets on various topics in the field of research and animal experimentation in Switzerland: