Culture of Care Working Group

About Culture of Care

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.

The Swiss 3RCC's Culture of Care working group aims to promote and faciliate the culture of care at institutions in Switzerland. We also host the larger Swiss Culture of Care Group in their regular meetings.

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 here.

Culture of Care Charta

More information coming soon..

Culture of Care Award

The Culture of Care (CoC) Award recognizes an individual or a group of people for their accomplishment to promote and implement a good Culture of Care within a research institution that uses animals for research.

The award for contribution to the CoC in 2022 was presented live at the SGV meeting to Dr. Julie Parchet-Piccand from EPFL for her project on improving the knowledge of experimental licenses and research projects for animal caretakers.

For all relevant information on eligibility and how to apply click here.

Animal Technician Week

This annual celebration recognises animal technicians for their essential contribution as members of the research team. They are responsible for providing compassionate attention to the animals in their care. More information: Animal Technician Week

Current Members

Paulin Jirkof - University of Zurich
Anne Planche - Swiss Animal Facility Network
Andrina Zbinden - University of Fribourg
Birgit Ledermann - Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association
Armand Mensen - Swiss 3RCC

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Culture of Care working group, please send an email to with your profile / cv and a short motivation text about your reasons for wanting to join the working group.