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Ferret Registration in Switzerland

Hi Everyone,


We're somewhat new to Switzerland. We moved from Italy to Canton Zurich about 1 year ago with our dog and ferret (both have all mandatory vaccines + anti rabbis).


Since the Municipality immediately reached out to us about the dog, we had her registered at the Vet and at the Amicus portal, but it never become clear to me what are we supposed to do with the ferret. Also given all the other things to get in order in the first months after the move, I did not even think a lot about that till now.

Since we need to renew his vaccines and the chemical sterilisation soon, I spoke the the local vet about him. She advised that I need to register him in some sort of wild life management, pass a course, sit an exam and receive a permission to have a ferret at home


When we moved, he was 4 years old, he's close to 5 now and quite healthy. I believe we know how we need to take care of him.



Also, I find no organisation that deals with Ferrets.



The closest I came to any explaination of our situation is here:
https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html
There is no mention of any courses and permissions to hold a ferret however.


Has anyone ever registered a ferret here? I hope you can advise about what needs to be done.


Thanks in advance!
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Re: Ferret Registration in Switzerland

From the BLV, here's what you need to know about keeping ferrets in Switzerland:

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/de/home...frettchen.html

See especially the linked document 'Merkblatt: Frettchen Im Recht', which discusses permits.


ETA:

Look under the linked document 'Anerkannte Organisationen für die Ausbildung von privaten Wildtierhaltern' for entries on the list stating 'Die A'nerkennung umfasst die Ausbildung zur Haltung von Frettchen'. These are the people offering the SKN Frettchen, check out those within a reasonable distance to you to see when their next course is scheduled. Be aware that COVID complicates things...


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ETA 2:

As you are in Zürich, the information from the ZH Veterinäramt is probably of more use to you.

See here:
https://www.zh.ch/de/umwelt-tiere/ti...tml#-381867373

And download the 'Merkblatt Frettchen'.

This document better explains the permit process, as well as outlines the regs around space and accommodation. Also it points out that ferrets are considered a social species, which means they are supposed to be kept groups of at least two. It sounds like you only have the one ferret, is this the case?

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I don't know anything about ferrets myself, though. There are some EFers who do, however - hopefully they will be along soon.

All the best as you and your family settle into life in Switzerland.

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... pass a course, sit an exam and receive a permission to have a ferret at home
Are you sure this is necessary if you move to Switzerland already the owner of a ferret? I have a feeling if you move already owing a dog for example you are exempt from courses etc (might be wrong).
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Are you sure this is necessary if you move to Switzerland already the owner of a ferret? I have a feeling if you move already owing a dog for example you are exempt from courses etc (might be wrong).
While there is no longer a federal requirement for dog classes, there are still mandates at the cantonal level. For instance, Zürich, where the OP lives, mandates three sets of classes (Welpenförderung, Junghund, Erwachsene - age appropriate for when you get the dog/move to Zürich) for all List 1 dogs, those over 45cm/15kg.

With 26 sets of cantonal dog control legislation, it's a jungle out there!

In all cases, whenever one moves to Switzerland with an animal, or moves cantons, the cantonal Veterinäramt website should be one of the first things one checks out.
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Re: Ferret Registration in Switzerland

Thank you very much for the info, meloncollie!


In deed very useful information.


I wrote to the federal administration on animals - info@blv.admin.ch and this is what they advised is much in line with your pieces of advice:


Dear Mr <erased>


You can find important information about keeping ferrets on our homepage under the following link: https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/it/home...frettchen.html
The information is available in the national languages (German, French, Italian).

Keeping ferrets requires a high level of knowledge about their needs and nutrition. Only people who are very familiar with them are allowed to take ferrets into their care. A license from the respective cantonal veterinary office and a certificate of competence are required to keep ferrets in Switzerland (attached you will find a list of the cantonal veterinary offices).

You can find further information on the required “attestazione di competenza” under the following link: https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/it/home/tiere/tierschutz/aus--und-weiterbildung.html
Attached you can also find a list of the organizations that offer the training for the needed certificate.


Kind regards

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Infodesk

Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA

Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO
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