Abstract # 3015 Event # 6:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:20 AM-10:40 AM: Session 2 (Meeting Room 408) Oral Presentation


CONSULTANT'S PERSPECTIVE: DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR A PRIMATE PROGRAM TO ENSURE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND GOOD RESEARCH

D. Elmore
DBE Veterinary Consulting, 1785 GUIZOT ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92107-3652, USA
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It is a challenging and exciting opportunity to design new primate housing for a research setting. A coordinated effort of experienced, dedicated personnel is required to plan an environment that affords optimal expression natural species specific activities; and also facilitates achieving husbandry, veterinary and research goals. Budgetary concerns will override the entire process, and must include initial cost consideration, along with practical costs associated with long term use of the animal housing systems.    Prior knowledge of the type of research to be conducted, along with specifications of the research animals; may focus our options in housing design. Important considerations may include reviewing specie specific behavior, age and gender of study animals; in relation to protocol features such as handling, route of dosing, surgical or recording procedures, and test article hazards. Goals of maximizing socialization, foraging, and physical activity for the animals, may be promoted or restricted based upon these factors. Some facilities have this information when planning enclosures, while others, such as contract research labs may or may not have this information in advance. From a veterinary perspective particular areas of concern include – a safe and secure environment for all animals; ability to assess each animal’s health daily; maintain biosecurity of SPF animals throughout the facility; segregate animals deemed incompatible based upon study protocol, individual behavior, or species; easily access to manipulate animals for veterinary or study procedures; and the need to meet proper husbandry and sanitation requirements. Furthermore, primate housing design should consider environmental health and safety of the employees working with these animals.