Council for Animals in Research and Education (Föd)

Last changed: 18 December 2017

The Council for Animals in Research and Education (Föd) is to function as SLU’s animal welfare body and therefore work actively to prioritise animal welfare within the organisation.

The Council for Animals in Research and Teaching must follow the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s regulations (SJVFS 2015:24 Article L 150). This includes providing advice to staff regarding animal welfare, as well as establishing and inspecting internal routine descriptions for the supervision, reporting and monitoring of the animals’ welfare and the comprehensive work with animal welfare at the organisation.

The Council for Animals in Research and Education works (amongst other things) with the tasks mentioned below. Don’t hesitate to contact the council if you have any questions or thoughts.

Members of Föd

Katarina Cvek     koordinator för försöksdjursfrågor, ordförande
Erik Petersson prof., NJ-fakulteten, vice ordförande
Jonas Malmsten post doc, S-fakulteten
Henrik Ericsson universitetsdjursjukhusdirektör, UDS
John Pringle prof., VH-fakulteten
Studentrepresentant Husdjursrådet
Lotta Jäderlund sekreterare, planeringsavdelningen
Petter Kjellander  prof., NJ-fak, suppleant för Erik Petersson
Sonya Juthberg fo. ing., S-fak. suppleant för Jonas Malmsten
Arne Persson   chefsveterinär, UDS, suppleant för Henrik Ericsson
Marianne Jensen-Waern    prof., VH-fak, suppleant för John Pringle


Planning and conduct of animal testing must follow the Three R's (Reduce, Refine, Replace). This means that:

• as few animals as possible must be used, if there is an alternative way to obtain the same statistically significant result (Reduce).

• the living conditions and care of animals used must undergo continual improvement, and the research methods used must minimise stress and pain (Refine).

• the development of new procedures is to be followed for methods that can replace the use of live animals in research. These methods are to be used where possible (Replace).

Here are some links with information that can be useful when planning your next experiment:

NC3Rs - the British 3R centre /ARRIVE guidelines

Norecopa - PREPARE guidelines