Rehoming project

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UZH / Frank Brüderli

Due to a collaboration between Swiss Animal Protection and the University of Zurich, a long-term re-homing project was established in autumn 2018. The aim is to give suitable animals from animal experiments a new life in good places. Some of the tame and lively animals have already been rehomed, others are still waiting for a new home...

UZH Project Website



3RCC report (March 2022)


RTS movie "La 2e vie des animaux de laboratoire" in French (Feb 2022)


Article and movie (both german) about the initiative from 2021.

Vetucation® Award 2021 for E-Learning-Module: Ethics of Animal Research

The e-learning module "Ethics of Animal Research - An online course" was awarded the Vetucation Award 2021 of the University of Vienna, a prize for excellent digital teaching projects.

This online course is a collaboration between the Office for Animal Welfare and 3R and the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at UZH, the Animal Welfare Group at ETHZ and the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Vienna. The module is offered via OLAT for members of the UZH and ETHZ.

Animal experimentation is the subject of intense social, scientific, legal and ethical debates. The online course introduces ethical issues in animal research that affect medicine, the natural sciences and the social sciences and that require critical reflection by these disciplines in a joint effort. The course provides an introduction to animal experimentation ethics, ethical theories as well as harm-benefit analysis, the basics of legal regulation of animal experimentation and introduces the 3Rs principle.

Link E-Learning

Statistics UZH - Animals in experiments

The figures on animals used in experiments at UZH 2020 can be found here.

Not all animals used in experiments are bred as laboratory animals. Patient animals of the animal hospital, pets and farm animals that are examined for experimental purposes also count as "experimental animals" in the statistics, even if they remain with their owners during and/or after the experiment. Wild animals that are studied for ecological research in their habitat are also listed as animals in experiments.

Revised Policy on Experimental Animal Research

The first version of the Policy on Experimental Animal Research was published 2013. In the meantime, some legal and UZH-internal changes occurred and the Policy had to be adapted. The revised version came into force February 2nd 2021 (an English version will be available soon).

In addition to clarifications of content and adaptations due to legal changes, some sections have also been supplemented. An important addition is in section 4 where it is stated that the data from every animal experiment must be published or made accessible in a suitable form. This point is also relevant in the sense of an "open data" policy, because even from discontinued experiments or experiments with non-significant results, findings can be obtained for other experiments or meta-analyses.