laboratory animal science has achieved high standards in the care of laboratory animals, thereby securing optimal animal welfare and valid research in accordance with the 3Rs. However, this work can never been considered as completed, as demonstrated by the actual discussion concerning standardization of the microbiome. Therefore, topics like hygiene, genetics, reproduction biology, or analgesia have to be continuously adapted and are on the agenda of our meeting in Hanover in 2015.
Besides, laboratory animal science has to find answers for what is requested by modern society, continuous progress in medical care and consumer protection as well as high moralities in the care of animals in principle. This is reflected by revised European and national legislation, whose implementation still raises multiple questions. We need normative concepts for planning and authorization of projects, new strategies for severity assessment, as well as new concepts for training and education.
The open questions require varied answers. As mediators between animal welfare and science we have to create relevant impulses and concepts in order to take the view of the 3R-idea in public.
I am pleased to welcome you in Hanover and invite you to promote exciting scientific exchange.
Our workshops are available.