Abstract # 4340 Event # 112:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 03:10 PM-03:40 PM: Session 17 (Magnolia) Oral Presentation


K. Coleman and M. F. Dickerson
Oregon National Primate Res. Ctr., 505 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, or 97007, USA
     The most challenging behavior to properly manage in captive primate populations is self injurious behavior. Self injurious behavior (SIB) is generally defined as a behavior that causes or has the potential to cause injury to the animal. It can include behaviors such as self-biting and head banging. Treatment can include behavioral therapies such as moving an animal to a new location or providing social companionship, but it often requires pharmacological intervention. Even with treatment, some animals do not seem to improve. The decision to euthanize such animals involves conversation between veterinary, behavioral and, for animals assigned to research protocols, scientific staff. To help with this decision process, the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) recently developed an “SIB Endpoints” guideline, which details conditions under which euthanasia will be performed. This policy was developed by veterinarians and behavioral managers and was approved by the ONPRC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The decision about when to euthanize animals with SIB depends on the frequency and severity of wounds. Because the policy was approved by the IACUC, it has made the conversation between veterinarians and research staff more productive and straightforward than before implementation of the policy.