ESF Services

What do you need to perform an experimental trial at the ESF?

  1. The study directors need to have received proper training:  LTK Certificate
  2. In the early developmental stage, you need to organize a meeting with the personnel of ESF to finalize the research protocol
  3. You need to write anapplication for an animal experimentation permission and submit it to the local authorities, according to the Swiss regulations. The personnel of ESF has the technical and scientific competences to support the writing process.
  4. You need to receive approval of your experimental trial by the cantonal committee on animal experimentation and send it to the ESF (Form A and Form B)
  5. You need to reserve the dates for the experiments. Please be aware that the facility will charge for services rendered, not including personnel salaries. The personnel of ESF can provide you a quotation of the costs that need to be covered by your financial resources.

Please, find more details below.


Reservation of the ESF OP facility and Cancellation


In the DBMR reservation system, you have now access to the agenda of the ESF OP facility 1 and ESF OP facility 2.

To check the availability of the ESF, you can login with your credentials or, if you are a new user, register yourself as a “New User”. Once registered, you have the possibility to have an overview of the current reservations at the ESF. As next step, you are required to check the feasibility of your experiment in the dates you wish directly with the personnel. Please, write an e-mail to: or to:

To optimize the flow of the experiments and implement your read-out, we strongly suggest that you meet us for a scientific discussion in the early phase of the development of your project (namely, before planning the submission of an ethical permission). For this purpose, please contact:

The definitive reservation of the facility can only be performed once the ethical commission has approved the experimental protocol. To allow a rational use of the facility and optimize the possibilities of cooperation with us, the approved experimental protocol must be sent at least 1 month prior the commencement of the experiment to: Contextually, it is possible to make a final reservation. 

We provide also support for data collection and digital recording. To obtain more information on this regard, please contact:

Cancellation: To be properly performed, animal experimental trials bring about a conspicuous human and logistical effort, therefore, they cannot be cancelled with short notice. In that case, a cost of cancellation will be charged to the researchers.

It is of paramount importance for our team establishing a very good cooperation with all the researchers. We strongly believe that using an animal in research is a privilege, and welfare and wellbeing of animals must always be a priority. Therefore, we invite everybody who wants to perform animal trials to gather additional information consulting these links.


Guidelines concerning radiological examinations in the ESF

The BAG's license to operate the radiological equipment at the ESF, is hold by the University Institute for Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology (DIPR). In principle, radiological examinations should be carried out as part of animal experiments by DIPR specialists.

However, customers who have a license for radiological examinations and prefer to work independently are allowed to do that after sending the corresponding documents to the MTRA DIPR. After verification of the correct operation of the radiological system by some representatives of the DIPR, the agreement to work independently of the DIPR can be granted.

Study directors who plan radiological examinations in their studies should contact the MTRA management DIPR already in the phase of experimental planning to allow him estimating in advance the required human resources.

The final dates of the experiments must be reported to the MTRA DIPR Head at least 4 weeks prior the commencement of the experiment.




Core facility personnel are scientists. When they make a substantial intellectual and/or experimental contribution to a publication they deserve to be acknowledged just as any other co-author.

Regarding criteria to determine a co-authorship with our team please refer to: DBMR Core facilities