Abstract # 5:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:00 AM-10:20 AM: Session 2 (Meeting Room 408) Oral Presentation


BUILDING ENVIRONMENTS FOR NHP HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: A PARTNERSHIP OF ANIMAL CARE AND DESIGN TEAMS.

C. Doane, S. Siemon, K. Coleman, K. Andrews, B. Morris and R. Doughty
Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, Oregon 97006, USA
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     The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) promotes a multidisciplinary project team approach to the design and construction of nonhuman primate (NHP) housing to ensure that health, well-being, ease of operation and sustainability are maximized. We present a case study of a macaque small group housing construction project in which the partnership of the animal care team and design team provides a paragon of our planning ideal. The Primate Enclosure Natural Setting (PENS) project, a modular, corncrib-type group housing facility, was managed as a collaborative design process involving ONPRC veterinary, behavior, husbandry and facility groups as well as an architectural/construction team motivated to pursue a client- and NHP-desire driven process. Key attributes include the ability to access animals quickly, safely and with minimal stress as well as accommodation for animals to be temporarily separated from their group (for clinical or research purposes) but remain in visual contact with group members. These innovative design features will decrease stress and improve well-being for the NHPs and will allow for social housing throughout varied research protocols. As we enter the era of the new Guide, those standards and our best practices dictate a rigorous and holistic approach to NHP housing design. Our multidisciplinary project team approach was essential to meeting the needs of research and animal care personnel as well as those we care for, the NHPs.