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

Bern, Switzerland, 6-7 March 2024 


The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and UFAW symposium returns in 2024 to build on scientific and practical knowledge in the following areas

  1. More humane solutions for mass depopulation of surplus animals (eg day old male chicks) or emergency killing (eg highly contagious diseases, zoonotic diseases, or other emergency purposes); 
  2. Humane stunning and killing for aquatic species (including wild-caught fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, experimental animals (eg zebra fish), emergency killing); 
  3. Approaches for more humane killing or alternatives to killing for control of ‘pest’ species (eg selective baits, immunocontraception, alternatives to glue traps, and anticoagulants as rodenticides); 
  4. Open session (this session can include submissions on any novel developments in humane killing not covered by the other sessions). 

Each topic will be introduced by an invited speaker, an expert in the field who will provide a general overview of current practice in the area, including common welfare issues. Submitted talks will then follow.

Invited Speakers

Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed.

Submission timetable
·       Abstract submission deadline – 3 November 2023

·       Notification of abstract acceptance – by 6 December 2023

·       Deadline for accepting offer to present at the conference – 13 December 2023

·       Deadline for submitting amendments to accepted abstracts – 8 February 2024

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. Registration will open soon.

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