Modern animal welfare
Modern animal welfare is an essential part of our everyday work and our self-image as a service provider. We regard animals as patients and treat them with respect and dignity. This does not only mean that the animals are cared for professionally and in a manner appropriate to their species before and during the experiment in order to keep the stress to a minimum - we rather look for alternatives to the animal model whenever possible.
In the planning and later execution of our experiments we follow the 4R-principle of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
In doing so, we commit ourselves to keep the number of experiments and animals as low as possible, to constantly improve our methodologies, to access alternative models whenever possible and to promote public discourse.
Yes, we are happy to take responsibility. This begins with the evaluation and weighing of animal experimentation requests and continues with the implementation, which we carry out with maximum transparency. We have made it our duty to inform all parties involved early and comprehensively, not to leave any questions unanswered. We regularly give interested residents and business partners an insight into our activities and maintain a dialogue.
Animal models in the development of novel medical devices and the training of young physicians
Animal experiments continue to play a substantial role in medical research as well as in the education and training of physicians, even though other alternative models and methods have recently gained significantly in importance.
Experimental and farm animals are also used in medicine in green areas in the context of previously notified and approved animal experimental projects. This only happens if we are unable to replace the diseased patient with other models and methods in the respective projects, or only insufficiently.
In the following discussion with our managing director, Dr. Ziervogel, you will learn where the need for the use of animal models comes from, what the process of weighing up the use of these models actually looks like and what ethical and legal framework conditions have to be observed.
Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of using animal models, the typical ethical dilemma in continuing medical education. Hear about our experiences in dealing with animal models and the emotions that are triggered by the handling of animal models.
Our experts in animal protection
Professionally experienced veterinarians ensure that the animals are cared for in a manner appropriate to their species and that the previously approved animal experiments are carried out in compliance with the law. Our team of animal welfare officers plans and checks every experiment in detail from the release to the execution. They are your first point of contact for both acute and chronic animal experiments as well as for regular monitoring and reports during and after the experiments.
We are happy to answer all your questions regarding modern animal protection.
Of course, this page only gives a first overview of the animal welfare relevant processes in medicine in the countryside. However, further reading is provided: We have summarized our internal agenda for animal protection in this PDF.