Abstract # 4344 Event # 111:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 02:40 PM-03:10 PM: Session 17 (Magnolia) Oral Presentation


MANAGEMENT OF SPONTANEOUS DISEASE IN LARGE NON-HUMAN PRIMATE BREEDING COLONIES

K. Andrews and K. Prongay
Oregon National Primate Res. Ctr., 505 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, or 97006, USA
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     The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) has over 3200 non-human primates in over one hundred social groups. In order to maintain group social stability, individual spontaneous disease as well as large infectious disease outbreaks are often treated in the group. The ONPRC has a herd health team consisting of veterinarians, husbandry staff, behaviorists, SPF surveillance managers, and colony managers who are involved in medical case management decisions. This team medically manages a plethora of spontaneous diseases such as an individual aged animal with polyarthritis to infectious diseases such as shigellosis in a large breeding troop. The team has also formulated clinical and diagnostic endpoints on when to remove animals from the colony such inability to gain weight in a juvenile. The basis of the endpoints is to give the animal a fair chance in the social group but also assessing how the group will be if the animal needs to be removed. This team approach has improved our overall colony health and lessened the spread of infectious diseases.