Whenever possible the FVO carries out its own applied research and supports targeted research by others in the veterinary field (e.g. universities) thus co-ordinating and networking the state veterinary service and the scientific community. The goal of such applied research is mainly to determine how to apply research findings. Today’s research will be the basis for tomorrow’s decisions. In this way we will meet the expectations of the public and the demand for farsightedness and hopefully also sustainability.
To make this possible, decisions have to be made and laws and guidelines drawn up. Such decisions are based on fundamental scientific findings obtained from research into all aspects of animal health and welfare and in the field of species conservation.
Research into the 3R’s is based on a premise first proposed by two British researchers in 1959. “Reduce” refers to reducing the number of animal experiments, “Refine” to lowering the incidence or severity of distress experienced by animals during scientific experiments and “Replace” to alternatives to animal experiments. In many cases research produces findings that facilitate decisions or that need to be acted upon. Often research findings provide the basis for further studies that help us get the answers we need.
As examples of the type of themes that have been researched by the FVO we cite firstly castration, in particular effective methods of anaesthetising animals during surgical castration or castration alternatives, and secondly the whole field of highly contagious infectious animal diseases.
One thing is certain: research costs money.
The FVO supports research groups carrying out projects at external institutes and also carries out numerous projects in its own right so making an effective contribution to the human and animal welfare.