Abstract # 3:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 09:20 AM-09:40 AM: Session 2 (Meeting Room 408) Oral Presentation


CREATING BETTER PRIMATE HOUSING: DIALOG, DESIGN, AND FUNDING

C. R. Abee
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, 650 Cool Water Drive, Bastrop, TX 78602, USA
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     Nonhuman primates housed in research institutions are frequently maintained in either breeding or research groups for periods that may extend from months to many years. Societal expectations, expectations of caregivers and scientists, and best practices that have evolved from guidance and regulatory documents, combine to encourage the pursuit of better captive environments for primates used in research. Consequently, the development of new and better housing has become an increasingly high priority for research institutions. Facility planning must begin with a thorough understanding of biological and behavioral needs specific to the species to be maintained. This understanding forms the basis for a dialog between the caregivers who are in close daily contact with the species, primatologists and veterinarians who understand the behavior and biology of the animals, and research scientists who use these animals. This allows facility designers to determine the criteria that will be incorporated into the design to meet the needs of the animals while also facilitating husbandry and research operations. This presentation will discuss the process of concept, design, dialog with stakeholders, and funding with an emphasis on creating innovative, safe, comfortable, and functional captive environments for nonhuman primates.