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Scientific research is linked in many areas with animal experimentation, especially where complex interactions in the whole organism are investigated and no animal-free methods are (yet) available.
The University of Fribourg is invested in the ethical treatment of laboratory animals through the application of the 3R principle (reduce - refine - replace).
Each animal experiment requires a specific authorization issued by the cantonal veterinary office and, depending on the constraints on the animals, is examined beforehand by the cantonal commission for animal experimentation. In the same way, all laboratory animal husbandries must be approved by the cantonal authorities.
The Animal Welfare Officer is a veterinary professional (veterinarian) who is independent from biomedical research and reports directly to the Dean’s office at the Faculty of Science and Medicine and who promotes the 3R principle in all areas of laboratory animal science.
LSVW (cantonal veterinary office Fribourg)
FSVO (Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office)