Training and Education

Individuals working with experimental animal must undergo special education and training.

All persons carrying out or supervising animal experiments must pass the mandatory training to gain expertise and practical skills required to handle and breed experimental animals in a responsible manner and with due care and consideration.

Experimenters

Ususally, experimenters must attend and pass the LTK Module 1 (or a different FELASA Cat. B accredited course) before starting experimental work with animals.

Individuals with a special education, e.g., veterinarians, need to attend the entire course only in case they work with animal species they have not routinely worked with during their education as a veterinarian. In all other cases, veterinarians must attend the parts of the course covering ethics (E), legislation (G) and alternative methods, 3R principle (A) or a separate EGA course (see BVET guideline 1.09, annex).

In case you acquired a certificate for animal experimentation abroad and are not sure whether it fulfils the required training, you may submit all information to the Cantonal Veterinary Office. They will decide which training and/or education is needed.

Study directors

Study directors (SD) and their deputies must have completed studies in biology, human or veterinary medicine or similar (see BVET RL 1.09), show a minimum of 3 years of practical experience in the field of animal experimentation and complete the LTK Module 2 (similar to FELASA C Courses).

Continuing education for all individuals working with animals

All individuals performing or supervising animal experiments must undergo a minimum of four days additional training every four years. You have to make up for missing days of continuing education.

Scientific meetings and expert or technical training can be submitted to the Cantonal Veterinary Office for approval via e-tierversuche including the form "Approval of continuing education in particular cases (DOC, 91 KB)".

The LTK together with the Animal Welfare Officer of the UZH organizes each September one day of continuing education "Actual Topics of Laboratory Animal Science".

Submitting basic or continuing education in e-tierversuche