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4th FSVO/UFAW Symposium – Humanely Ending the Life of Animals

FSVO, Liebefeld Campus, Bern, Switzerland, 6-7 March 2024 


The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and UFAW worked together again in March 2024 to hold a 2-day meeting in Bern - the aim being to further develop scientific and practical knowledge in humanely ending the life of animals.  

The meeting was split into five sessions across the two days: 1) Animals in research; 2) Humane control of ‘Pests’ / Schädlinge; 3) Slaughter of livestock; 4) Depopulation and emergency killing; and 5) Humane killing of aquatic species for food. 

Each session was introduced by an invited speaker, who provided a general overview of current practice in the area, and was then followed by presentations given by research and industry specialists on specific areas. Sessions concluded with an extended question and answer/debate period to allow for more in-depth discussion of ideas. 

The meeting proved very popular, with in-person attendance fully-booked and over 600 people registering to attend online from over 50 countries.  

The meeting was also recorded and talks will be made available online in due course. 

If you would like to hear about future meetings, then please consider signing up to receive information from UFAW. 

Invited Speakers 

Download the Abstract Booklet & Programme 


FSVO, Liebefeld Campus 
Schwarzenburgstrasse 153 
3097 Liebefeld 

Link for Contact & Location 


Delegates will be able to register to attend the meeting either in-person or online. The fee to attend in-person will be £55, which includes attendance for both days and lunch. Online registration will be free and allow registered attendees to watch a live-stream of the meeting’s presentations.   
In-person Registration 

To ensure that the latest developments in animal welfare science are open to all, we will also be making the meeting available, for free, online.   

If you have any questions about this event, please contact: bern2024@ufaw.org.uk.