FSVO 3R symposium on Sept. 24, 2020

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office will hold its 3R Symposium on Alternatives to CO2 on Sept. 24, 2020. Abstract deadline: 17 July, 2020.

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO will hold its 3R Symposium – Alternatives to CO2 on Sept. 24, 2020 at its campus in Bern-Liebefeld. The symposium will comprise keynote lectures including an introduction to the basic sciences underlying the killing and stunning of animals. This symposium builds on the FSVO’s efforts to identify, refine and implement alternative methods to CO2 for humanely ending the life of mice, rats, poultry and pigs to improve animal welfare in the laboratory, the slaughterhouse and during emergency depopulation.

Following a successful first symposium in 2018, the 2nd symposium in 2019 assembled an international panel of experts, delivering keynote lectures on the current state of the research field and compiling a comprehensive roadmap of research priorities for alternatives to CO2. This year for the first time, FSVO will include presentations from submitted abstracts in its programme. The event will provide a platform for experts from different settings to discuss results and propose better solutions.

For more information, please see call for abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is July 17, 2020. Abstract submissions for oral presentation or posters covering topics on humanely ending the life of animals such as those outlined in the publication: Steiner et al (2019) https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/11/911 are very welcome. The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO particularly encourages abstract submissions from young scientists.

The abstracts submitted before July 17, 2020,to Ingrid.kohler(at)blv.admin(dot)ch will be evaluated by the scientific committee.

Scientific committee
Prof. Ngaio Beausoleil, Massey University, New Zealand
Dr Thom Gent (Chair), PhD, MRCVS, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Dr Huw Golledge, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare/Humane Slaughter Association, United Kingdom
Prof. Robert Meyer, DVM, Diplomate ACVAA, Mississippi State University, USA
Prof. Dan Weary, University of British Columbia, Canada
Prof. Claudio Zweifel, Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, Switzerland

The symposium is open for participation of everybody interested in the topic.