The e-Tierversuche online application is used to manage applications, authorisations, reports and announcements relating to animal experiments.

The 3Rs, the indispensable need and current best practice 

The 3R principles, the indispensable need according to article 137 of the Animal Welfare Ordinance and current best practice must be complied with each animal experiment. In particular, the smallest number of animals (3R principle: ‘Reduce’) and the least possible constraint (3R principle: ‘Refine’) are to be used. 

All experiments should be planned, performed and evaluated according to current principles of best practice. New scientific findings and improvements in methodology must be taken into account for each experiment. 

Continuing education courses recommended by the VSKT [Association of Swiss Cantonal Veterinarians] for recognition 

Due to the new structure of the BLV website and the server environment, it is no longer possible for technical reasons to publish recognized courses on animal studies from the ‘e-Tierversuche’ [e-animal studies] application on the BLV website. 

The Institute of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Zurich provides a link to the list of courses on its website. The link to the pdf file can be found on this website at the bottom on the right. 

Please note that everyone at institutes that have access to ‘e-animal studies’ can search and retrieve all courses via the main menu item (grey area, on the left). The course list can be exported as a CSV file.

Access to e-Tierversuche (eTV) is subject to an agreement. Corresponding details as well as the user guide, questions and answers and announcements about maintenance windows can be found under "e-Tierversuche".

Technical information and explanatory notes on applications, authorisations, reports and announcements can be found under "Forms". Further technical information on selected topics can be found under "selected topics".

If access to the application is not yet available or if authorisation procedures are processed outside eTV (e.g. application for a new laboratory animal facility), the corresponding forms can be downloaded here.

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Last modification 16.01.2018

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