2017 – 2020 research: report and project selection


From 2017 to 2020, the FSVO conducted a total of 172 research projects. The results from this departmental research serve as a scientific basis that enables the administrative units to achieve their operational goals.

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Compared with the previous period which comprised five years, the 2017 – 2020 reporting period covers four years – from 01 January 2017 to 31 October 2020.
The following statistical information is based on figures from the ARAMIS research database.

Research report 2017 – 2020: facts and figures

Anzahl Projekte nach Fachgebiet
Nutzung der Forschungsergebnisse







Commissioned research (extramuros) in thousand CHF





Commissioned research (intramuros) in thousand CHF





Contributions in thousand CHF










Project selection

Animal Health research projects

During the reporting period, research in Animal Health was mainly concerned with:

  • supporting enforcement bodies (27 projects);
  • monitoring animal diseases (24 projects);
  • developing new diagnosis methods (20 projects); and
  • the early detection or combating of animal diseases (17 projects).


Project selection

Reducing antibiotic use in calf rearing
What affects calf health? Why is antibiotic use so high in calf farming? Based on several projects, the FSVO provides answers and proposes specific measures to improve the situation on the ground.
Coronavirus research
The FSVO was interested in coronaviruses before the COVID-19 crisis. Here you can find the results generated by our projects.
Syndromic surveillance
One of the most powerful tools for dealing with animal diseases lies behind this technical term.
Finally – a solution to foot rot?
The FSVO has been involved in several research projects to eradicate this painful disease in sheep. The results are presented here.

Animal Welfare research projects

The 27 Animal Welfare projects pursued very different implementation goals. Assessing animal farming systems, such as housing and breeding, in particular, plays an important role in this case.

Project selection

Leisure horses need a healthy back
Riding is very popular. What can riders do to help their horse’s back health? You can find the answer here.
Animal welfare also for farmed fish
Aquaculture is becoming more and more popular in our country. How can we be sure that the rearing conditions meet the needs of the animals and that they are not suffering? A model developed by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), commissioned by the FSVO provides the answers.

Food Safety research projects

The projects carried out in Food Safety were mainly concerned with:

  • developing new analytical methods (7 projects);
  • monitoring specific dangers in food (3 projects);
  • supporting enforcement bodies (3 projects); and
  • collecting data on dangers posed by food (2 projects).

Nutrition research projects

The seven Nutrition projects were essentially concerned with monitoring nutrients in our diet. They also investigated the extent to which the population follows existing recommendations.   

One Health research projects

Project selection

Combating multi-resistant bacteria in veterinary practices with good hygiene
Good hygiene prevents the transmission of disease-causing bacteria. The use of antibiotics is decreasing. The fewer antibiotics used, the lower the risk that bacteria will become resistant to them. A comprehensive hygiene handbook aims to help combat multi-resistant bacteria in veterinary practices.

Species Conservation research projects

The aim of Species Conservation projects was mainly to improve our knowledge of compliance with species conservation regulations in international trade (e.g. endangered plant species such as Palisander or rosewood) and to support the implementation of legislation.

Last modification 17.06.2022

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