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Culture of care: Creating the right environment for animal care

Webinar series exploring the topic of culture of care. 


A webinar series from a cross-European group of 3Rs centres exploring the topic of culture of care. Aimed at animal care staff at all levels, though of interest to anyone working day-to-day with research animals.

Accompanying case studies

The 3Rs centres have produced a series of case studies to go alongside this webinar series. We encourage animal care staff to use these to consider various scenarios around the topic of culture of care in their own time, for example as part of a team meeting, the introduction below will help to set the scene for their use.

Introduction to the case studies

From Jeffrey Bajramovic (3Rs Centre Utrecht).

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An introduction to culture of care, Sally Robinson (CRUK Manchester Institute)


How to measure a culture of care, Thomas Bertelsen (Novo Nordisk)


On the Responsibility of Responsibility, Stephanie Krämer (Justus Liebig University Giessen)


Establishing a culture of care in an industrial environment, Lotte Martoft (Industry consultant)


Avoiding compassion fatigue in the animal facility, Megan LaFollette (The 3Rs Collaborative)


Culture of Care Charta, Alessandra Bergadano (University of Bern)


Organising committee

Charité 3R

Charité 3R aims to strengthen interdisciplinary and translational research at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin while improving animal welfare. Charité 3R has organized its aims and activities in three distinct pillars. Pillar I focuses on communication and outreach, aiming at increasing awareness and knowledge about the chances and challenges of alternative methods.  Pillar II provides training opportunities on the 3Rs with a strong focus on young scientists. Pillar III funds 3R research at Charité via dedicated calls that tackle one or more of the 3R areas. The center is financed by the Charité.

The Danish 3R-Center

The Danish 3R-center works to promote the 3Rs in Denmark. It is a collaboration between the government, three pharmaceutical companies and two animal welfare organizations and consists of a board (seven members) and a secretariat (four employees). To promote the 3Rs, the centre collects and disseminates 3Rs information, initiates and supports research within the 3Rs, and collaborates internationally, including hosting an annual conference on the 3Rs.

The Swedish 3Rs Center

The Swedish 3Rs Center is an assembling arena for knowledge and progress when it comes to replace, reduce and refine animal experiments in Sweden. Their aim is to improve animal welfare and reduce the number of animals used in experiments. Their committee is the Swedish National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes. The centre is funded by the Swedish Government and was established in 2017.

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre – 3RCC

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre is a non-profit association founded in March 2018 to promote the 3Rs through research, education and communication. It is a joint initiative of Switzerland's 11 top universities, the pharmaceutical industry, the Swiss government and the largest animal welfare association.

The UK National Centre for the 3Rs – NC3Rs

The UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is a scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs). Primarily funded by the UK Government, the NC3Rs is also supported by the charitable and private sectors. It works with scientists in universities and industry in the UK and internationally, funding and disseminating 3Rs information and advances to the global community.

3Rs Centre Utrecht – 3RCU

The mission of the 3Rs Center Utrecht (3RCU) is to reduce the use of laboratory animals in research and education. To do so, we follow the three Rs of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement, with a primary focus on Replacement. In addition to providing centralized information about the 3Rs and 3Rs tools, we work closely with researchers to stimulate the development, implementation and adoption of the 3Rs. Our philosophy can be summarized as 'supporting ideas through data', and we facilitate targeted action as much as possible. The 3RCU is an organizational part of the Utrecht Animal Welfare Body and works closely together with TPI Utrecht, which guarantees a good embedding in both research and education.