The Swiss Rabies Centre


As the National Reference Laboratory for Rabies, the Swiss Rabies Centre at the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) is responsible for laboratory diagnosis of rabies in humans and animals.

Our diagnostic services include both post-vaccination antibody testing and virus detection.

The Swiss Rabies Centre:

  • Checks vaccination success in humans (after pre- and post-exposure vaccination, German).
  • Carries out antibody tests on animals to determine post-vaccination titre levels, e.g. for travel abroad.
  • Supports the public health and veterinary authorities (federal and cantonal) in rabies detection and surveillance.
  • Offers advice for medical and veterinary professionals, private individuals and public authorities.

Specific information for owners, veterinarians and doctors:

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) is responsible for matters concerning travel requirements for pets. Relevant information is available online: Crossing the border with dogs, cats or ferretsOverview of animal diseases and Animal disease diagnostics  (in German, French or Italian). Specific questions can also be sent to

Medical advice for travellers:

Opening hours and availability

The Swiss Rabies Centre is open from Monday to Friday (working days).


Last modification 27.05.2024

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Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) Swiss Rabies Centre
Länggassstrasse 122, Postfach
3001 Bern

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+41 31 684 23 78

(Monday to Friday)
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