Culture of Care

The culture of care is an important principle that indicates a commitment to improve animal welfare, scientific quality, care of the staff and transparency for the stakeholders. An international culture of care network was established to share examples of activities that improve animal welfare. The network aims to promote a mind-set and behaviour that continuously and proactively works to promote laboratory animal welfare and the 3Rs; to go beyond a culture of compliance, and to include a culture of challenge, i.e., go beyond the accepted. You can find more information on the International Culture of Care Network in the following link: https://norecopa.no/more-resources/culture-of-care

FCS-free Database

Fetal Calf Serum (FCS, also known as Fetal Bovine Serum, or FBS) is often used as a supplement of cell culture media. However, its use raise both animal welfare and scientific concerns. For this reason, the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences in collaboration with Animal Free Research UK have developed a FCS-free database which provides an overview of existing FCS-free media for a number of cell cultures. More information can be found in the following link: https://fcs-free.org

Animatch sharing platform

You may register for the Swiss version of AniMatch, an online platform enabling scientists to connect and share organs and tissue of sacrificed animals under the following link: https://swiss.animatch.eu/login?l=en

New methods for mouse handling

Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool, has shown that picking up mice by the tail can impact on scientific outcomes, with mice handled by tunnel and cupping methods showing improved performance in behavioural tests compared to traditional tail handling. You find more information and tutorials on the website of NC3Rs. 

You may order posters in German and French at the Swiss 3RCC Directorate. Please send a message to chantal.britt@swiss3rcc.org.