The FSVO has its own small programme of applied research and supports projects at other institutions (primarily higher education institutions). This enables the Office to acquire the scientific basis that it requires to fulfil its mandate.
The FSVO bases its decisions, laws and ordinances on scientific findings. Research in all the areas in which the Office is active is required to provide the necessary background: animal health, animal welfare, food safety, nutrition and species conservation in international trade.
- Research projects related to animal welfare
- Research projects in the field of food and nutrition
- Research projects in the field of commodities safety
The FSVO researches in the following locations:
- At the Liebefeld campus: laboratories for research into food safety (see also Risk Assessment Department of the FSVO)
- In Tänikon: Centre for species-appropriate husbandry of ruminants and swine (see also Animal Welfare Department).
The Institut für Virologie und Immunologie IVI is likewise associated with the FSVO. Animal diseases are studied in the IVI.
There is also close cooperation with the Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ) in Zollikofen near Bern and the Veterinary Public Health Institute. Both are affiliated with the University of Bern.
Research as a basis for action
The FSVO carries out applied research to a limited extent at its own research facilities. It also supports research contracts and projects by research groups at other institutions (primarily higher education institutions). The aim of applied research is to be able to immediately implement the findings of these projects and to better integrate the enforcement and the science. Today's research is the basis of tomorrow's actions.
Information about the research projects can be accessed in ARAMIS, the federal research database.
Last modification 12.07.2022