Animal Welfare Officers

Dr. Michaela Thallmair

Michaela Thallmair studied Biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and did her PhD in Neuroscience at the ETH Zurich. Since 2019 she holds a Master in Laboratory Animal Science (RWTH Aachen).

Michaela Thallmair has been the Animal Welfare Officer of the UZH since December 2012. She is presently the Chair of the Swiss Animal Welfare Officer Network and in the steering committee of the thematic group "Animals used for Scientific Purposes" of LERU (League of European Research Universities).

Since 2018 she is a member of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) is a body jointly operated by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

 

Dr. Corina Berset

Corina Berset has studied veterinary medicine in Bucharest, then did a doctoral thesis at the University of Bern, Vetsuisse Faculty and subsequently worked as a veterinarian and scientist. She worked at the EPFL as a technical specialist at the Center for BioMedical Imaging and subsequently she completed an ECLAM (European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) Residency at the AO Foundation, AO Research Institute Davos, Preclinical Services, where she also worked as Project Leader.

 

Corina Berset was the convenor of the FELASA Working Group on Farm Animals: Health and Welfare of Ruminants and Pigs until August 2020.

 

She is member of AALAS, AFSTAL, ARSAL, ECLAM, ESLAV, GV-SOLAS, LASA, Moredun Foundation, SAVIR, SGV, the Swiss AWO Network, the Swiss Culture of Care Network, UFAW.

 

Since November 2018, Corina Berset is Animal Welfare Officer at the University of Zurich. She is Dipl. ECLAM since December 2019 and Dipl. SVLAS (Specialised Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science) since November 2020.

Dr. Nicole Wildner

Dr. Nicole Wildner studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Cologne and subsequently conducted her doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin in the research group "Development and Disease". As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, in the "Development of the Nervous System" group. During this time, Ms. Wildner came into contact with various animal models.
After her employment as laboratory manager/scientific assistant in the working group "Neuromorphology" at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, she moved to the University Hospital Zurich as laboratory manager in the basic research department of the "Clinic for Medical Oncology and Hematology". Furthermore, Mrs. Wildner was coordinator of the "Swiss Immunology Mouse Repository (SwImMR)".
Since September 2021 Nicole Wildner is Animal Welfare Officer at the UZH. The exchange with animal caretakers and researchers and the promotion of a "culture of care" are of particular concern to her.

Dr. Melania Osto

Melania Osto studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua, Italy. She earned the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Med. Vet) at the University of Zurich (UZH) with a thesis on the hormonal regulation of the ingestive behaviour in rodents. In 2011, she obtained her PhD degree in the field of dietary regulation and feline diabetes mellitus at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Bern.

Afterwards she worked as a post-doc at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the UZH and then spent a one-year research stay, financed by the SNF-Early Postdoc Mobility fellowship, at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium.

Later she worked as Independent Group Leader at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology of the UZH where her expertise in translational research and management competency have contributed to the success of several clinical and basic science projects.

Through her veterinarian background, academic formation and more than 14 years’ experience with laboratory animals, Melania Osto has gained experience with various animal models. In 2014, she has started to work as Animal Welfare Officer of the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and the Institute of Oncology (IOR) of Bellinzona.

Since August 2018, Melania Osto is Animal Welfare Officer at the University of Zurich.

She is also member of SGV, SAVIR, LS2 and of the Swiss AWO Network. She is Diplomate Specialised Veterinarian in Laboratory Animal Science (Dipl. SVLAS) since 2020.