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The federal system of Veterinary Services in Switzerland

Author(s) : P. Rüsch & U. Kihm

Summary :

The Veterinary Service is described in the context of the federal state system in Switzerland. The Federal Veterinary Office (FVO) plays a leading role in this Service. Apart from its responsibility for legislation, the most important task of the FVO is the dissemination of information throughout Switzerland. The responsibility for ensuring that the laws are implemented lies with the 26 cantons. Veterinary public health is a key function of the Veterinary Service, where the core focus is on the implementation of the ‘stable to table’ concept. Animal protection is also an important function. A certified Veterinary Service requires a high-quality system based on professionalism, objectivity and evaluation. In this paper, the various strengths and weaknesses of the system in Switzerland are discussed and the disadvantages are analysed in depth.

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